Help! Any safe way to add 12" to romex?

Old 12-23-04, 01:39 AM
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Help! Any safe way to add 12" to romex?

Actually, I only need about 6", but would like to do this safely/right. Situation is this: installed a new bathroom vanity, but new one is higher, so sidesplash against left wall overlapped the light/fan switches and outlet. So, had to move existing switches/outlet a few inches higher. Problem is that after removing old boxes it appears that the wire inside wall is not long enough for sheathing to safely enter in new boxes. Unsheathed wire can enter box and make connection, but this would not be to code either. New box/opening actually overlaps old one, so move is not far, but wire is still too short. Any way to safely add 6-12"? I've loosened staples and tried to pull enough extra, but it just isn't there. Any help here would be very much appreciated.
Old 12-23-04, 02:09 AM
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This is one of those problems that we run into on a regular basis. You can get shrink tubing at Home Depot or Lowes in the electrical section and use the shrink tubing to replace the missing romex sheathing. Once the conductors are in the box, splice extentions on. This is one of a few ways to remedy this situation.
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Replace the wire or move the box up or down to gain the required length
Old 12-23-04, 11:48 AM
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No buried splices

JerryB52's method works if the splices are in the box. Codes say you can't hide them in the wall.

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