DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum

DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum (
-   Electrical and Wiring (
-   -   fishing wires (

Kerrylib 07-17-2006 11:57 AM

fishing wires
I am wanting to replace my oh so nifty aluminum wiring in my 40 yr old house.

One question I haven't been able to get resolved is about running the new wiring in the walls.

When I fish the new wire into place, do I need to anchor it to the studs within the 8-12 inches of the box? If so, are there any tricks to doing it other than opening up the wall to get access to pound in a staple?

Another question is do I need to pull out the old wire. I'm sure I should, if nothing more than to just make sure there isn't any confusion created in future projects when someone comes across a wire and can't figure out where it goes, etc.

Thanks for any info or suggestions.

JoeD 07-17-2006 04:58 PM

The answer to both of your questions is no. If the wires are not live you can leave them in the walls.

inspectorD 07-18-2006 09:44 AM

You could...
You could also mark them so no one in the future has any worries.:D

iqchicken 07-18-2006 04:38 PM

Definitely mark them.. heh.

There are a number of options available for that:

Heat shrinkable labels, wrap around, printed thermal or dot matrix, laser, engraved steel bands, tons more

Kerrylib 07-20-2006 11:00 AM

Hey, Thanks for the comments.

I plan to remove any wiring that I can get to, however what's in the wall and stapled in place is likely going to stay right there. I'll try to label any loose ends I have to leave behind to indicate they are scrap metal to be taken to the recycler.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:46 PM.