Ive just moved into a 95' home and attempted to replace the hood over
the range with a microwave. I disconnected the hood, cut an opening for
the box and was attempting to install the box when i realized that the
drywall was broken open enough and i couldnt lock the paddles in place
to secure the box. I called a friend who had recently done this and he
told me to screw a drywall screw through the box into the side of the
2x4 behind the wall. when i did this the threads on the screw frayed
the insulation to either the range or hood wire that was stapled to the
2x4. Im not sure which one and there doesnt appear to be any damage to
the wire itself. Is there any repair i can make to this or will i have
to rip everything out to replace the wire? Please Help!
There is a good possibility that you did no damage to the cable, especially
if you only nicked the outer sheath. The bigger question is whether you ran
a dedicated circuit for the microwave as is required or are you attempting
to use the existing branch circuit that fed the hood.
As per 1995 NEC you wouldn't find any of the kitchen outlets on that
circuit. You would however find lights and possibly outlets in other rooms
connected to it. Unless you have a dedicated circuit, you will probably have
I wouldn't worry about fire, just overloading the circuit and tripping the
breaker. The island hood should not be wired to any kitchen outlets, so
check carefully to find what may be on the circuit that your using for the
thank you so much for your help, i have just one more question, i went
to go check the wire one last time and the wire is pinched between the
2x4 and the drywall going to the other side of the cabinet. is tape
absolutely necesary (probably so) i just dont see how i can wrap the
tape around the wire
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