How to lengthen light switch wires!?!?!?

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Old 05-30-05, 11:48 PM
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How to lengthen light switch wires!?!?!?

The gentleman that replaced my two kitchen light switches informed me that my black wires are too short (they are piggy-backed to each other), thus one light switch has to be upside down (opposite of the one next to it)! Is there a way I can lengthen the wire so that I can flip the switch to match the one next to it (the inside of the box is really very tight and seems to be no room for the larger wire caps needed for the wires)! Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. MaryJane
 
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Old 05-31-05, 06:05 AM
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hi
He could used a pigtail to lengthen the wire

or run new wire if possible
 
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Old 05-31-05, 08:01 AM
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MaryJane, it sounds to me like the "gentleman" who did your work is not very competent in electrical wiring. Pigtailing on a longer wire is pretty simple stuff. By careful and skilled packing, it should be possible to make this all fit in the existing box. Or if not, a larger box can be installed.
 
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Old 05-31-05, 10:57 PM
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Thanks John for the response . . . but, what is "pigtailing?" I'm assuming it's with the wires being extended are done with those wire plugs you twist on to get two wires together?
MaryJane, it sounds to me like the "gentleman" who did your work is not very competent in electrical wiring. Pigtailing on a longer wire is pretty simple stuff. By careful and skilled packing, it should be possible to make this all fit in the existing box. Or if not, a larger box can be installed.
 
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Old 06-01-05, 05:47 AM
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Hi MaryJane
here look at this
http://doityourself.com/electric/electconnectb.htm

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Old 06-01-05, 07:50 AM
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The word "pigtail" has no universally agreed-upon meaning, and different people use it differently.

But what I and pgtek were referring to is using a "wire nut" (what you called a "wire plug") to connect an extra piece of wire to the existing wire to make it longer.

My guess is that your handyman did not have any extra wire with him, and had to make do with what was already there. About 15 cents will buy all the wire you need.

P.S. The article that pgtek referred to is very poorly written. It is not clearly written, is improperly punctuated, misuses terms, advises deprecated practices, and even contains some violations of the national electrical code. I don't recommend it.
 

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Old 06-01-05, 08:52 AM
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pictail picture

hi john
the reason i had that link is to show the picture of the pictail
how it's done only not the text part just the picture
 
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Old 06-10-05, 11:04 AM
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Smile "Thank You"

Thanks to all who advised me . . . info and insight into this correction project is definitely feasible by me! Regards - Mary Jane
 
 

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