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JMcCann

09:23PM | 10/06/08
Member Since: 10/06/08
2 lifetime posts
Hey, all-

I'm in the middle of a range-hood job and cannot finish by bedtime (looks like I'll need to customize the screws for the cabinet). I have a single hot, neutral, and ground wire exposed from the dry-wall - unattached to the range hood - and I won't be able to add the hood until tomorrow. How do I leave the hot, neutral, and ground wires before turning the power back on from the breaker? Do I simply wire-cap (little red screw on cap) each one separately - black by itself, white by itself, ground by itself? Or do I twist the black and white together before capping?

I need to turn the power to the breaker back on for lighting in the AM, but I don't want to burn the house down... Thanks for any help!

TimBonham

10:50AM | 10/07/08
Member Since: 01/09/07
199 lifetime posts
Just put a wire nut on each one individually. (You could leave it off the bare one, that's just a ground.)

Do NOT connect the black & white wires together! That's a direct short circuit. (If you did, you'll find out soon enough -- the circuit breaker will blow immediately when you turn the power back on).

JMcCann

12:16PM | 10/07/08
Member Since: 10/06/08
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the help - much obliged...

In the event that any of the board readers has a "do it yourself" page, someone should post this on their electric FAQ page online for "newbies" like myself. I swear I spent over an hour searching online for an answer on the various "how to" pages - guess this one is so elementary that folks unintentionally skip it.


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