fishing wires

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  1. Jul 17, 2006 #1

    Kerrylib

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    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.
     
  2. Jul 17, 2006 #2

    JoeD

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    The answer to both of your questions is no. If the wires are not live you can leave them in the walls.
     
  3. Jul 18, 2006 #3

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    You could also mark them so no one in the future has any worries.:D
     
  4. Jul 18, 2006 #4

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    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
     
  5. Jul 20, 2006 #5

    Kerrylib

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    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.
     

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