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Accidentally drilled live wire.

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Chris, Jun 1, 2006.

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  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    No harm done (to me, at least), but I accidentally drilled into a live,
    metal sheathed wire while hanging a tv bracket. (I happened to hit it
    right where it was stapled to the stud, so the sheathing didn't move
    and I drilled right into it. Other annoying thing is that I actually
    used a stud sensor with one of those wiring detectors, but it didn't
    pick it up). Weird thing is that it cut the power to my daughter's
    room, which is next door and on the same circuit as the room as I was
    in, but it didn't cut the power to the room I was actually in, nor did
    it blow the breaker.

    Anyhow, I cut into the wall, found the damage, removed a section (3
    inches?) of the metal sheathing, and spliced a piece of romex into the
    line. Functionally, this did the trick. My question, though, is how
    safe is this fix? The tie in is the same as for hard-wiring lighting
    fixtures, for example, but this is a power line we're talking about.
    Also, once I repair the wall, the splice will be essentially
    inaccessible. Also, assuming I need to have an electrician come in to
    replace the metal sheathed wire section, how big of a job would that
    be? I suspect the sheathing is "stapled" every couple of feet or so.
    Would he have to tear up the walls in both rooms to swap in a new wire?

    I'm less concerned about the cost than the hassle, but I also don't
    want to burn my house down. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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