Free Conductor Length in Box


Old 10-29-19, 08:34 AM
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Free Conductor Length in Box

I recently replaced a standard receptacle with a GFCI. I noticed that whoever installed the outlet previously had 2" of sheath inside the box. I was in the process of cutting it back, and I accidentally nicked the neutral. I have never done this before, and I should have been more careful. I lucked out in that there was excess NM cable in the wall. It was an old work box, so I was able to remove it. The issue is that I have just under 5 1/2" of free conductor. I know that code requires 6". How much of a concern is this? It would be very difficult to re-run, but if necessary, I could install a junction box.
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Old 10-29-19, 09:29 AM
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I'd just tape over that nick.
5-1/2" is more then enough to work with.
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i edited as to not hijack the thread.

Last edited by rymik; 10-29-19 at 01:39 PM.
Old 10-29-19, 07:30 PM
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Code requires 3" past the edge of the box minium.

I'll tend to go 5 or 6" past.
Old 11-28-19, 06:54 PM
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just add a pigtail to it to get the working length.

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