Hidden Junction Box Help

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Old 05-21-05, 01:29 PM
tdeverjr
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Hidden Junction Box Help

I found a hidden junction box in the wall that was used to connect a new room to an existing circuit. The room was being renovated and the the junction box was removed.

How can I legally lengthen thewire from the old room as it is about 10 feet from the nearest circuit w/out the junction box?
 
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Old 05-21-05, 01:53 PM
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You cannot length a wire without a junction box. The two main options are to provide a permanently accessible junction box somewhere, or to replace the cable back to the box it came from with a longer cable. Both approaches are usually feasible, but it may take some thinking on your part to figure out how.

Often you can put in an accessible junction box somewhere along the cable run by turning it over and making it accessible from the other side of a wall or floor. A junction box with a cover plate on it is barely noticeable and does not usually pose a significant cosmetic problem.

Running a longer cable may include abandoning the existing cable at both ends, and fishing a new, longer cable through the wall and into the boxes. This is the kind of thing an electrician does many times a day, but can be learned by a DIYer too with a little study of books.
 
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Old 05-21-05, 01:56 PM
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Thanks for the input, the wire may be a bit too buried to pull a new one (old house) can the accessible junction box be in a closet?
 
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Yes, the accessible junction box may be in a closet.
 
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