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I drilled a one inch screw into my wall next to an electrical

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I drilled a one inch screw into my wall next to an electrical outlet. There was an old hand towel holder there and I replaced it with two new holes less than half an inch from existing holes. Is there any chance I knocked a wire? I didn't lose power or
get shocked, but want to know if this is a possible hazard. It's only one inch into the wall and I used a plastic hanging insert that the screw goes into, but drilled a pilot hole first. It's one inch into wall and right next to power outlet ( side ). Let
me know your thoughts as I don't want an electrical fire. Thanks.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 4 years ago.
Hello.... my name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to assist you with your electrical question. Welcome to Just Answer!
1) If your house is wired using EMT metal conduit, then the chance of hitting a wire is very slim, since the wires are located inside metal conduit. You would have to drill inside the metal conduit to hit a wire.
2) If your house is wired with Romex cable, then the cables are stapled to the 2 x 4's. If the hole is directly to the left or right of the receptacle, doubt that you hit anything. Most Romex cables when initially installed will be routed on the top and/or bottom of electrical boxes and seldom are they routed on the sides of the boxes. If you did hit a wire, you would have either lost power, tripped the circuit breaker, received a shock, tripped a GFCI receptacle or tripped a GFCI breaker. Nothing happened, so all is good.
3) As an FYI...... you can purchase a stud finder at your local Home Depot or Lowes or Ace Hardware. A quality stud finder will detect wood or metal studs in the wall, and the good models can also detect electrical behind the walls.
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