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Re: Hidden Electricity

Posted By: Charlie
Wednesday, 25 July 2001, at 4:58 a.m.

In Response To: Hidden Electricity (Jill)

Believe it or not, there is a rhyme or reason to the routing of conductors in the walls by electricians (if code is followed). Take a look at the electrical fixtures and try to picture them with the wallboard removed. Typically they (outlets, switches) are attached alongside the studs and the conductors (wires) are dressed alongside those studs and anchored to them with staples. Also, the wiring is placed in the wall at a distance by code from the wallboard side. If not, it is supposed to have a metal protector over it. If there is new construction in your area, check out a house with the electricals in place before the wallboard goes up. This will help you see what it should look like. Remember, wallboard is only about 1/2" thick when you are drilling and fastening and try not to go any deeper than necessary. Turn off the circuit breaker supplying the fixtures you're working around for safety! Electricity is our friend, but it is a DUMB friend. Use care!

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