What to do with unneeded Romex conductors?


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Old 05-24-20, 02:55 PM
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What to do with unneeded Romex conductors?

I'm updating my kitchen wiring and I believe the in-ceiling ventilation fan needs to be AFCI-protected.

To accomplish this electrically all I need to do is pigtail into the hot wire of one of outlets on the load side of the AFCI/GFCI outlet.

The easy way to do it would be to just pull out the black wire from some Romex but I suspect removing the protective sheathing would violate code.

Is it per code to just clip off the unused neutral and ground wires at both ends where the sheathing ends, or do I need to wire the neutral and ground in normally (which would be redundant)?

Doing the latter would bring the allowable conductor volume just up to the limit and make stuffing all of the wires into the box even more of a struggle.
 

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Old 05-24-20, 03:06 PM
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You can not just tap the load wire. You need to bring the neutral as well.
In a kitchen you can't tap off the receptacles. They are dedicated to receptacles only.
 
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Old 05-24-20, 05:17 PM
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Just to go one step further.... FYI...... if you tap off a GFI or AFCI device..... you MUST use the hot and neutral load connections from that device. If you didn't use the neutral..... when you drew any power on the hot wire.... it would trip.
 
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Old 05-24-20, 10:15 PM
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Right, I should have mentioned that I'm also running a new circuit for the living room, which shares a wall w/the kitchen.

OK, I'll run the neutral too, thanks, Joe
 
 

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