Removing old wiring

Old 11-27-16, 07:21 PM
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Removing old wiring

When doing a full renovation down to stud, after you kill the circuits and have new wiring run do you generally rip the old wiring out or make sure its safely disconnected and leave it. Maybe it's my OCD kicking in but I was thinking of removing whatever wiring I could get out that is visible since the room has new electric.
Old 11-27-16, 07:28 PM
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I wouldn't bother removing any wiring stapled to studs, maybe cut off the loose stuff.
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Only wire I'd be cutting out is anything in the way where insulation will be.
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I feel the same way you do. I hate the idea of old, unused wiring around. So when I do work, I usually pull everything that I find and can get to easily. Granted, there's no code-related issue with leaving it as long as it is pulled out of existing panels and junction boxes.

Of course, copper is still easily recyclable. I find it's worth bundling up and selling it. Just checked a website and they are buying romex type wire for $0.95-$1.15/lb. Not enough to retire on... but it's something.

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