Removing pot lights

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Posted by: from Courtice
9/10/2011 at 12:48:21 PM

We are renovating our basement. Currently there are 3 older style pot lights that we want completely removed (we'll be installing a new series of potlights in new locations). When we take the wires off to remove the potlights can the wires just be muretted and pushed back up into the ceiling? Or do the wires need to be completely removed from the junction box or electrical panel? We plan on putting new dry wall over the exiting ceiling once these potlights are removed. Hopefully my question makes sense :) Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

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Date/Time9/10/2011 at 6:17:11 PM

Hi Roxanne! Yes those existing wires will have to be removed. Under the code you are not allowed to leave live wires hanging anywheres especially when they cannot be accessed. If you need assistance call an electrician for advise. Do not open the service entrance panel unless you know what you are doing you could be seriously hurt. Hope this helps.


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Date/Time9/11/2011 at 6:52:58 PM

Totally agree with Brent's assessment.

Also note that even a correctly installed junction box cannot be "hidden" behind the drywall, it must remain accessible at all time for inspection and maintenance.

Carefully inspect your ceiling area for any such box and have your electrical contractor relocate the junction box or rewire the entire circuit to eliminate the junction box.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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