Question about new Can Lighting?

Old 04-19-15, 04:09 PM
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Question about new Can Lighting?

A few years ago a friend got sick so he wanted me to finish a new can lighting project he started in one of his apartments, (he owns a 12 unit complex). He gutted the old drop ceiling, lighting and wiring in the kitchen so I had to figure out what was what and without the electricity turned on. I followed what I thought were the right wires and added new wires for the new can lighting. The place is completely remodeled now so cutting holes in drywall to find hot wires (since the electricity is turned on now) is not an option. What it the best way to troubleshoot this situation? Is there a way to find the old wires that need to be connected to the new cans without cutting holes? This entire situation could have been avoided if the electricity was on in the first place then I would have been able to find the right wires.

Old 04-19-15, 04:27 PM
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Did you have power coming in at the first can or the switch?
Old 04-19-15, 04:45 PM
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How did you even attempt that? I guess that you didn't use some kind of continuity tester?
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If the cans are installed and not wired, you may not be able to do anything without sheetrock work.

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