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JetFanatic
Basement remodel
JetFanatic

I have a 1950's home with wood paneling all throughout the basement. It also has a room in which I'm looking to take out 2 non-load bearing walls to open up the basement. I'm going to be replacing all the wood paneling with sheet rock and I'm going to be installing high hats in the ceilings. One of the walls that I'm removing has an outlet which is going to be useless since I'm getting rid of the wall and I was curious as to what I do with the wires once I remove the outlet itself. Should I just gorilla tape around the ends and safely tuck them away into the wall? Is that good and safe enough??

I've gutted a spare room in the past which I turned into a nursery when I had my twins a year and a half ago, but I didn't really have to mess with anything electrical. I feel completely comfortable doing so, I just never had to remove anything.

Thanks for any kind of help or advice

A. Spruce
Re: Basement remodel
A. Spruce

You cannot leave live wires loose in a wall/ceiling cavity, all terminations MUST be done in an accessible junction box. The best thing would be to find where the wire originates and terminate it at it's source, clipping the now dead wire back and push it out of the box so that it can't be used again. Then, you can simply cut the wire extending to the outlet to be removed back to wherever it is most out of the way.

Alternatives would be to install an outlet or light in the ceiling where the offending wire is, repurpose it for something else.

Whatever you do DO NOT work on a live circuit, turn off the breaker first, then test the circuit where you'll be working to make sure that it has been de-energized.

JetFanatic
Re: Basement remodel
JetFanatic

So pretty much I have to follow the wire back to the electric panel and switch the particular switch off which'll now deem it dead? What if I'm not able to track it back due to it getting lost in the walls??

dj1
Re: Basement remodel
dj1

" What if I'm not able to track it back due to it getting lost in the walls??"

If the wire you mentioned is live now, then there is nothing lost in the walls.

Using a simple electrical currency tester, turn the breakers off, one at the time, till you hit the one that controls the wire you want to eliminate. When you find it, you can work on it.

I always find a use for a wire like this, and seldom remove it. The only thing is, you can cut it shorter, but you can't make it longer by splicing another wire to it. The most common "new" uses would be: a new receptacle or a new light.

A. Spruce
Re: Basement remodel
A. Spruce
JetFanatic wrote:

So pretty much I have to follow the wire back to the electric panel and switch the particular switch off which'll now deem it dead? What if I'm not able to track it back due to it getting lost in the walls??

It is highly unlikely that this wire originates in the main panel, it is probably sourced from the room directly above, you simply find the outlet in the chain before the one you want to remove. As for finding this outlet, do as DJ suggests, turn off one breaker at a time, noting every light and outlet that goes dead along with the one that you wish to remove. An outlet tester will be extremely helpful here.

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