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05:50PM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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I live in a townhouse and had to build a new wall over the existing wall due to noises. I was told i had to move the outlet as well and not just build over it. I bought a new box, wire and outlet and wired it like i found it. 2 whites on the left and 2 blacks on the right and then the ground wire. What concerns me is the ground wire is bare and its touching the foam board and insulation i put up with the wall. Is this dangerous? I capped and taped all the wires except the ground wire which i just twisted and tapped. I used the new wire and extended it to the new outlet because i could not pull the old outlet out far enough. I made sure the ground wire was not touching anything. Should the ground wire be capped where i connected it too? Everything seems to work. I did plug an alarm clock into the outlet and it works ok. Just concerned with the ground wire touching the foam board and r13 insulation as well as not capping it. Any info appreciated. Thanks.


03:59AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
The reason ground wires are bare (not insulated) is that they are not dangerous to touch - either yourself or your wall insulation.


04:13AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You can not do this. You have buried a connection inside the wall. This is not allowed. All connections must be in a box that is accessable. You must pull the old wire back to a point where you can make the connection in a proper box. Attics and crawl space are considered accessable.


04:38AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
8 lifetime posts
The new outlet is over to the left about 8". Its not directly over the old one. Could i place a type of access panel in front of the old outlet? I guess i would just cut out the foam board and insulation thats in front of the old outlet.


02:54PM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
The old outlet box must be made flush to the new wall surface. There is no way around this. It also must be covered with a proper cover. The wiring connections must be made inside this box. It sounds like you are in over your head. Call a licensed electrician.

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