Lonely Hot Wire


Old 03-17-14, 04:56 PM
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Lonely Hot Wire

I found an abandonded hot wire in a junction box in my garage. Someone just cut the wire and left it in the box without a wirenut. Probably been dangling in there for 30 years.

Obviously that is wrong, what is the hazard there for leaving it without a wirenut? Shock or heat?

Also is there any harm in just capping this wire... ie one wire under a yellow wirenut?
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Old 03-17-14, 05:07 PM
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It should be capped off to prevent accidental contact and a blank plate installed over the box.
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Its capped, its in a box with about 12 other wires. I wasn't sure if I should go hunting for the other end or not....

So when you cap of a single wire, should I be stripping the insulation before applying the wirenut? That's what I did, the wire was dangling without any insulation stripped so I skinned it like I would if I was making a splice. Figured the spring needed something to bite down on.
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Doesn't matter if the wire is stripped first, but try it first without stripping the wire in case the single bare wire is too small for the wire nut.

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