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    Default romex 12/3

    I'm hard wiring a 4 Ft Fluorescent Light with a switch. I have some left over 12/3 romex, can you use 12/3 but not use the other hot wire(red) and still be within code?(NJ code) When I do work around my house I like to have everything to code.
    Thank you

    Sean

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    Default Re: romex 12/3

    You are kidding! Right?

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    Default Re: romex 12/3

    Busted!!! You got me, it was a joke!! This is what I do all day.LoL,LOL. Ass. It's a simple question about a code.

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    Default Re: romex 12/3

    You're a funny guy. I'll grant you that. Maybe there is a code in (NJ) that says, "Thou shall not have any unused conductors in a cable assembly."

    Who knows?........... Anyone familiar with (NJ) code?

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    Default Re: romex 12/3

    I don't know NJ code, but having an extra unused conductor in a box has never been an issue that I'm aware of. Just make sure that the unused wire is capped on each end and there should be no problems. If it is ever inspected and questioned, tell them you were planning on needing a second switch at that location.
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    Default Re: romex 12/3

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    I don't know NJ code, but having an extra unused conductor in a box has never been an issue that I'm aware of. Just make sure that the unused wire is capped on each end and there should be no problems. If it is ever inspected and questioned, tell them you were planning on needing a second switch at that location.
    Might not capacitive inductance result causing the unused wire to explode?

    One wonders.

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