Nick in wire insulation.. options?


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Old 04-22-14, 09:30 AM
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Nick in wire insulation.. options?

When cutting off the sheathing of romex when installing a receptacle I must have pressed too hard with my blade and I made a nick on the insulation of the neutral. It happened about 1/2" from the spot of where the sheathing starts before exiting the box. What are my options? I'm afraid the answer is going to be that I have to run a whole new run, which is not very practical in this location, but it is what it is. Is splicing allowed inside of the box to re-lengthen the wire if I need to clip it before the nick?

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Old 04-22-14, 09:58 AM
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Slip heat shrink tubing over the wire or tape the wire.
 
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Old 04-22-14, 10:19 AM
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I too suggest heat shrink.
 
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Old 04-22-14, 12:30 PM
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Thanks! I wasn't aware of that product.

Does the mean code though? Only reason I'm asking is because I haven't had my inspection yet. I know the odds of the inspector wanting to take out my receptacles and look at every one is slim, but knowing my luck this is one that he's going to want to take a peak at.

I'm updating current wiring and living in the home, so this is why the inspection will involve outlets already being live and in use.
 
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That's why you never shuck romex with a blade.. Always use a cable ripper..
 
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Old 04-22-14, 01:18 PM
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Use white heat shrink so it will be less visible.
 
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Old 04-22-14, 05:52 PM
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You can also get 'liquid electrical tape' that dries clear.. It's kinda spendy , but you can pretty much guarantee it won't get noticed.
 
 

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