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jlehr7

07:57PM | 08/08/04
Member Since: 08/07/04
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I have two questions for all of you (the second is more complex):

1) When replacing an outlet receptacle how big a deal are nicks and scratches in the wires? I've seen some places that advise snipping off the end and restripping, but others that don't.

2) A friend and I were working on replacing some outlet receptacles today and we ran across something that seemed strange. Most of the outlets have fairly old wiring and are not grounded. The two wires in this particular outlet seem to have been wrapped in electrical tape ages and ages ago. We'd decided to snip off the end of the neutral wire (see 1), but when we tried to restrip it we discovered that the section of the wire covered with electrical tape has another wire wrapped around it--the original wire appears to be a brass color, the one wrapped around it is silver. Unsure what to do, we covered the wires with electric tape and closed the outlet up (without connecting them to a new receptacle). Now I'm trying to figure out if this is a big deal--do I need to call an electrician in or can I just reconnect everything?

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

Jessica


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