| >Roger D wrote:
| >> Hi,
| >> I have an old house with old wiring, some of which is "early romex",
| >> that is, plastic sheathed, 14 gauge, with a much thinner ground wire.
| >> I'd like to replace that lot with new 12 gauge romex with the fatter
| >> ground wire.
| >> Problem - In the attic they fed the old wire down thru a whole drilled
| >> in the top sill, into the wall, to the outlet on the floor below.
| >> They've stapled the old wire to the top sill and then the wire just
| >> bends and heads thru the hole in the sill, down the inside of the
| >> wall.
| >> Question - Is there some risk of wear (and fire) from the romex
| >> constantly laying on that corner of the hole they drilled in the sill
| >> ?
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| >> In the 'picture' above, the wire runs horizontally along the top of
| >> the sill and at the baskslash (\) goes down the hole; at the backslash
| >> the romex is resting on the corner of the hole, as it were.
| >> Seems like something should be put between the romex and the 'corner'
| >> of the hole.
| >> Thanks !
| >they have been doing it since the beginning of time(well since
| >electricity).. my home i built in 1972 has it like that and never a
| >problem... probably all the housed in the area has it like that...
| >matter of fact almost all houses probably have it like that... worry
| >about something else... no need to worry about a fire from that....
| <LOL> I was thinking the same thing !!!!
| I question the reason to replace it. If it has a ground, he's doing
| well. Some of the old fabric coated stuff had no ground at all.
| If it's only for a few lights, I'd leave it alone. If it's feeding
| the whole upstairs, then it might be worth changing to a #12. Of
| course the supply to the outlet below that wire will need to be
| changed too. Of course if it feeds the whole upstairs, I'd take the
| cable right to the breaker panel directly.
| By the way, to the OP. When I wire things, and the wiring is exposed,
| such as in my garage. I want the wire to lay flat in a corner, I
| literally hammer the cable around the corner to make a sharp bend. It
| dont hurt a thing, as long as I dont slam it so hard to puncture the
| coating (which I dont).
Wouldn't this (and possibly the original poster's configuration) be likely
to violate the minimum bend radius rules?