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    Default Re: Electrical question

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    All splices must be inside of J-boxes and accessable, if the cable is not long enough to reach the new location you will need to leave the out box in place and install a blank cover on it.
    Jack
    Yes, the box MUST be accessible, but not necessarily from the surface, meaning that if there's access from the attic, you can pull the wires and box up into the attic to secure, then attach the extension to the new box location. If there's no access from the attic, then as Jack said, you'll have to put a blank cover over the existing box and install a second box where you want it.

    As to the outlet problem, it could just be a coincidence that the outlet quit working at the same time the light was played with. Turn the breaker of to those outlets, carefully remove the outlets from the wall and make sure the wire connections are tight and intact. Reassemble the outlets, turn the breaker back on and check your work. If that didn't cure the problem, then backtrack your work with the light fixture and make sure you didn't change anything there. It's possible that the light/switch gets it's power from the outlet and something you've played with has changed that.
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    Default Re: Electrical question

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Yes, the box MUST be accessible, but not necessarily from the surface, meaning that if there's access from the attic, you can pull the wires and box up into the attic to secure, then attach the extension to the new box location. If there's no access from the attic, then as Jack said, you'll have to put a blank cover over the existing box and install a second box where you want it.

    As to the outlet problem, it could just be a coincidence that the outlet quit working at the same time the light was played with. Turn the breaker of to those outlets, carefully remove the outlets from the wall and make sure the wire connections are tight and intact. Reassemble the outlets, turn the breaker back on and check your work. If that didn't cure the problem, then backtrack your work with the light fixture and make sure you didn't change anything there. It's possible that the light/switch gets it's power from the outlet and something you've played with has changed that.
    It's very likely that ceiling box is a branch junction to the receptacles --- more than one pair of hot and neutral conductors with one pair coming from the service panel. In which case if you removed the wire nuts and left the wires disconnected there won't be any feed to the receptacles.
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