Moving electrical switches and recepticals


Old 10-12-10, 07:01 PM
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Moving electrical switches and recepticals

When a switch or outlet is moved, and the existing wire is not long to reach the new location, what is the proper procedure?

Assume that I can not run an new wire from the panel.
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Old 10-12-10, 07:38 PM
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All junction boxes must remain accessible. This means that they can be accessed with out damaging the finished surface. (IE not buried in the wall or floor) There are many creative ways to accomplish this depending how the wire is run.

IF it is in conduit you can many times find where it goes, pull out the old wire, and pull in a new longer NM-b cable.

If there is an accessible attic above or unfinished basement below you can move the J-box up or down.

You can move the box making the original wiring shorter, install a J-box that will be behind a picture or some other item.

Can you post a picture and describe what you are trying to do?

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