Sorry, didn't have another way to say it. Anyway, while hacking the drywall
to see if the old Romex was stapled to the wall I got plaster on the wire
side of the outlet. Made me wonder, if I have old drywall dust on the
outlet is that a fire hazard? Sweeping it away is of course an option and I
did but at the time it fell on the outlet it was live and I didn't want to
I know drywall is fire rated, but is it a conductor of electricity?
Hardly. But a 0.00007 sec search would have yielded your answer. I use
common sense most of the time. Interestingly enough, I did do a bit of
research after the thread started. Appears gypsum is made up of calcium
sulfide and 2 molecules of water. The water is in a "dry" state but will
turn to water when it hits boiling temp. I assume at that point, the gyp
board could theoretically conduct as the water would now have ions to
transport the charge (pure water doesn't conduct electricity, or not very
well anyway). So if this is true, and you've got this installed in a 212
degree sauna, yeah, you might have some troubles.
So a simple "yes" or "no" would have answered the question, as opposed to
trying to be cute? But as you yourself just admitted, you don't actually
know if it does constitute an electrical hazard, as you can't tell what
contaminants are in it at the time I wrote the message. So basically your
answer is "I don't know, I'm just guessing but I'll show him how stupid he
is by making a smart ass comment to cover my own ignorance." As opposed to
Ed's response - a simple "no", qualified by pertinent information or Paul's
answer which was equally informative.
Thin-skinned? You betcha!
You're missing the point. You're smart enough to ask stupid questions,
and stupid enough to think you're witty. Expecting anything other than
a smart ass answer to a stupid question is being optimistic. No
The answer is No. Electrical boxes often have
drywall dust in them because the drywallers are
not careful. It is not a problem until you get it
wet (and then it would be the water that is the
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