Exposed ground wire in wall


Old 01-29-16, 03:12 PM
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Exposed ground wire in wall

Hi folks,

I just removed one of those external 220/240V receptacle blocks for an electric range and rewired it into a wall outlet. In order to get everything to bend and fit into the new configuration, I had to strip the Romex sheathing back a bit so that the three insulated, current-carrying wires as well as the uninsulated ground wire are exposed within the drywall for about an inch or two before going into a plastic outlet box. The wall is between the kitchen and garage and has blow-in insulation packed in around the entire thing. I assume the insulated wires should be fine, but do I need to worry about that exposed ground wire starting a fire or anything? It shouldn't be carrying a current so I wouldn't think so, but some reassurance would be good. Aluminum wiring if that matters.

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Old 01-29-16, 03:27 PM
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The sheath or jacket needs to extend at least 1/4" into the box. There should have been no need to strip it past the box.
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If you cannot press all the wires and the device (receptacle) back into the box without the outer insulation of the cable being exposed, you have too small a box installed.

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