what to do with wires after removing ceiling light?


Old 08-13-04, 05:23 AM
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what to do with wires after removing ceiling light?

I am removing a ceiling light completely and plastering the ceiling over. I was told to use duct tape or insulation tape to keep the wires seperated and shove them into the ceiling. Is there a proper way to finish the wires off?
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Old 08-13-04, 06:32 AM
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Do not take any further advice from whomever gave you this advice. That person is dangerous.

Three options:

(1) If there is an accessible attic, go up there, remount the electrical box to a framing member, cap the wires, and put a blank cover plate over the box.

(2) Remove all the cable(s) coming to this box all the way from the electrical box(es) they came from. You must remove them all the way from the next electrical box. You may not just remove part of it. If you don't have access to remove all the cable(s), then don't use this option.

(3) Cap the wires and put a blank cover plate over the box. If you paint the plate the same color as the ceiling, it will barely be noticeable.

Two common threads in these three options:

(A) All live or potentially live wires must be permanently accessible and terminate in electrical boxes. You may not just push these wires into the ceiling and plaster over them.

(B) There is no tape of any kind involved in these options. Use wire nuts on the ends of the wires, not tape.
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