12:57PM | 07/22/03
Member Since: 07/21/03
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i know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring. i have an old obsolete hanging light fixture which i just wish to remove ( i don't even want to replace it ).

the fixture has to wires connected to it. a black and white wire. after i cut the breaker power off would it be safe to just cut these two wires and electric tape their ends?

any help would be appreciated.


Tom O

02:30PM | 07/22/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
If the fixture is hung from a box (some of the really old ones aren't), you need to put a cover on the box when you are done.

If there is no box, I would suggest removing the wire all the way back to its source.



05:46PM | 07/22/03
Member Since: 07/21/03
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sweet. thanks for the prompt reply. if you hear of someone in california dying from electrical shock tomorrow, that'd be me




11:28AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
8 lifetime posts
That is not funny.

If the wires are in a box, you must cap off the wires by using approved splicing caps that will firmly attach to the ends.

Then, and only then, you may wrap tape around each cap to secure them even more firmly in place (and seal them from any dust/dirt that may get in).

Next you must use a blanking plate to cover the box. Under no circumstances must you cover the box with plaster or anything else but a listed cover. It has to remain accessible at all times (what if someone else in the future wants to re-hang a fixture there?).

If you don't know what you're doing, please call a licenced & insured electrician!

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