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tom reinhart

02:18AM | 12/30/98
Bvelectrical
while upgrading a wall, I am relocating the switch. The line in the wall is too short. I plan to place a junction box at the end of the existing line and run a new wire from that point to the switch. Is this considered within bounds and acceptable in upgrade work?

DR HOME

11:38AM | 12/30/98
All junction boxes must be accessible...i.e.
You cannot bury any junction box inside of a wall, floor, ceiling, etc. If you want to relocate the switch, then you will have to run a complete new line to the new location.
Any insurance company will jump all over this if you were to have an electrical fire and it would be their out to not compensate you.

Brian Wood

05:00PM | 12/30/98
Hi Tom: The Doc is on the money. If you don't want to run a new wire back to the source,use your existing switch back-box as a JB and fit a blank cover. This makes it acceptably accessible. Don't forget to continue your ground on to wherever you are going. I suppose you'll have to use wire-nuts to make your connections. I don't like those things, I would rather make the connections more permanent to lessen the chances of loose hot connections. oh well!
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