08:38PM | 06/22/11
Member Since: 09/18/05
14 lifetime posts
Hi, we got a new over the range microwave and when my husband was drilling a hole for one of the screws to hang the microwave he accidentally slightly damaged an electrical wire behind the wall. He noticed it when he was manually threading the screw to see if it fit and he got schocked. He opened the drywall to see the damage and it was only a very small tear on the insulation that wraps the inside wires. You could see the metal wire,it was about the size of a pin head, no more. We wrapped that part with a 3M black electrical tape and proceeded to closed the drywall and installed our microwave. The wall is brick and concrete and the drywall is a very thick one.
We want now to know if we did the right thing or we should have replaced the whole wire. Thanks for your replies.


09:02AM | 06/26/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
By rights the wire should have either been replaced or an accessible box installed at that point. Nobody is going to tell you otherwise. What you did will probably be OK but it isn't right. What does that wire give power to?

Globe Jockeys

07:09PM | 06/26/11
Member Since: 06/19/11
25 lifetime posts
I work for a Sydney lighting maintenance company, and we see some crazy stuff behind the scenes. Admittedly you have insulated the wire appropriately as it is your home but it would be terrible practice if you were a tradesmen, but that doesn't mean you won't see it being done. At least you did not use chewing gum. It is not a moist environment behind there is it? Has there been any other electrical issues since in your house?


10:31PM | 02/16/12
Member Since: 02/15/12
9 lifetime posts
That’s why sometimes I am hesitant to meddle with appliances that require me to drill something into the wall, especially if it is in the kitchen. You never know when you will hit a wire and it will cost you more than you expected.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

For an eclectic table setting or outdoor lighting, try a riff on this project from The SITS Girls blog—converting mason ja... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon