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instamom2teen

05:38PM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 11/07/02
26 lifetime posts
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I want to repaint my house this summer but I'm rather intimidated by working around the electric wires coming to the house. Do I need to get the power shut off to my house while painting the area that would require me to use a ladder near there, and while painting near where it connects to the house?

Also, there is this huge grey sheathed cable that runs from where the electric wire comes to the house at the roof peak in front, is connected just under the roof line to the side, then runs down the wall to the meter. Can I paint over it? Should the power be off to the house before I paint it? There's some peeling paint behind it and I'm nervous about using something to remove the peeling paint around those huge electric wires.

I'm going to cross-post this in the painting section.

Roger67

07:19AM | 05/03/03
Member Since: 08/30/02
19 lifetime posts
Yes, you should have the power disconected before working around these wires.

Exterior wiring becomes brittle and has a tendency to crack with age so better safe than sorry.

You can paint over your service cable, the gray cable running to your meter, but be careful of using some cleaners that could possibly have a deteriorating effect on the cable.

Roger

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