Hello, I need to replace a few fixtures. Once I remove an old fixture,
I need to do some drywall/paint work since the new ones are smaller. I
cannot leave the circuits for these fixtures off for an extended time
b/c they are shared circuits. Is it sufficient to terminate each
individual wire with it's own wire nut and stuff the bundle back in the
wall until ready to install the new fixture? Thanks.
Not a big story, but one I have done more than once. Start work on a
job, get distracted and then go back to realize that I don't remember what
they were. It waste a lot of time testing to make sure what is what.
It would have been a better story if I had just tried them to see what
would happen. :-)
On Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:48:28 -0500, "Joseph Meehan"
Good point, and I will add that when you cap individual wires, you
need the very small wirenuts (usually gray or orange), Large ones
fall off single wires. If worse comes to worse, a small piece of
electrical tape will hold them on. You want all hot wires capped
securely. The neutrals are not as significant but still should be
capped. The grounds do not need caps.
On Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:07:16 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
... unless this is a multiwire circuit (shared neutral). If these open
under a load half of the installed stuff may blow up. Ceiling boxes
are usually where they split out a multiwire circuit so be careful.
You may still have power there with the breaker that turned the
ceiling light off, switched off. I would be nervous about this if I
saw a red wire and it wasn't going directly to the black in the light
The other problem with neutrals is AFCIs, now installed in bedrooms,
soon to be everywhere. If the neutral shorts to ground the AFCI will
trip. That big cludge of white wires in the ceiling box is usually why
people think ceiling fans trip AFCIs. It vibrates the wirenut and if
there is a bit of copper showing that touches the hickey or ground
wire ... pop.
On 10 Jan 2007 22:44:14 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
IMHO, if this was my house, I would try to first plan for time to get
all the work done, so I don't have to face this. If not, I would
cover all free-ends of conductors with wire nuts, and close up all
boxes with 'blanks'. Now the wires are protected, and contained.
Remember, only qualified electricians should work on electrical
systems. The cost of education, or paying someone, could be much
cheaper than a fire, or ......
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
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