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    How would I terminate a live wire behind a light switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boily View Post
    How would I terminate a live wire behind a light switch.
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    If you have to ask a question like that

    Call an Electrician.

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    Mate,
    you put us in a really bad position here.
    For years we have been trying to pass on as much info as we can, without resorting to the cry "GET AN ELECTRICIAN".
    But, if you have to ask that question...........I'm starting to wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boily View Post
    How would I terminate a live wire behind a light switch.
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    You've got me wondering how you can have a live wire behind a switch that is not terminated in one of the terminations. How can you end up with a spare?

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    All I did was replace the switch and I saw an extra wire there it was taped up but it's red.ok then is it ok if I use a bp terminal or do I have to use a bp terminal with a junction box.
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    Send us a picture just because it is red doesn't mean it is a live wire.

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    Let's play "guess what the red wire is". My guesses are (a) once upon a time it was part of a double switched circuit (b) someone didn't have any single core so they ran two core and taped up the unwanted wire. A picture should give us a clue. In any case, since it was simply taped it probably isn't live (BUT, NEVER ASSUME!).

    BTW what are you Victorians doing working today? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkyt View Post

    BTW what are you Victorians doing working today? )
    Rust Never Sleeps

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkyt View Post
    Let's play "guess what the red wire is".
    My guess is that it's been for an exhaust or ceiling fan that's been removed.
    Posted by John2b, And no, BEVs are not going to save the planet, which doesn't need saving anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkyt View Post
    Let's play "guess what the red wire is".
    (b)

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    Option 1:

    1. Turn the power off at the main switch. Test for dead before and after.
    2. Put a bluepoint connector on it and tape it up.

    ALL wires (whether in use or not) must be terminated to the same standard as if they were live. I don't think a JB is required for the back of a switch, but it would be required for any joint in a ceiling crawlspace for example.

    Option 2:
    If it's not in use, and if you can find both ends of it, remove it. Not likely to be possible, probably why it's still there.

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    Thx for your response

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