Secretly in the back of my mind I think I know what I'm gonna have to do,
but I'm hoping for an out.
The porch lights on my house are firetraps and have to go. So I get some
new ones and begin the process of unmounting one of them - big mistake.
As you can see its simply screwed onto the siding.
And the romex is fed to it through a hole in the house.
Dare I cut the siding and hope that there's an electical box behind it? I
really really hope there is, otherwise I have quite a task ahead of me -
ripping out the drywall and installing an box to mount the new fixture.
So staring at that mess I look at the old fixture - bigger mistake
No that isn't green insulation - that's exposed hot and neutral wires that
are almost corroded through. In fact the Romex wires that it was connected
to were corroded as well - not terribly but there was a definite green film
on the wires.
So what am I looking at here - completely removing the old Romex, installing
an exterior box, then cutting my siding to install the new fixture?
For now I've clipped the connection, wirenutted both the hot and neutral
wires and wrapped them with electricians tape and put the old fixture back
on the siding to keep it moderately covered from the elements. Should I be
safe until I can do a permanent install or would it be a good idea to unhook
the wires from the actual switch inside the house too?