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I am installing a dog door to an outside wall of my house.

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Unexpectedly I have a electrical...
I am installing a dog door to an outside wall of my house. Unexpectedly I have a electrical line in the way - see picture. I want to move this line higher above the dog door cutout. Can I just splice in a few feet of the same electrical wire using inline wire connectors and be AOK with code?
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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago
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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

No photo is attached.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
don't see where to attach photo
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Normally splices are not allowed inside a wall unless there is a junction box installed. You can use the paperclip icon to attach photos.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
don't see the paperclip either, where would it be located?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Just above the text box. The paperclip is the last icon. If it is not there, the problem may be the internet browser is not 100% compatible. This site works best on Google Chrome.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Ok. Using FireFox, switching to Chrome. will be back.
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Okay

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Perfect... whats the green wire?

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Not sure. The house is wired for sound so assuming it is speaker wire or similar. Since the wire is probably low voltage I was going to splice it also and assumed it would not take a junction box, correct?OK. so I will need a junction box on both ends of the 2-3 foot piece I would be splicing in. Specically what would the type of junction box look like? Got a pic?
Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Question about the 2-3 foot splice in was for the white line.
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Since it is Romex wire you can use a Carlon plastic electrical nail on box on either side. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and have quick holes for the Romex. Just make sure to use the same size Romex wire and make the splices, color to color. Once done finish the drywall, paint, and install a blank outlet cover. You might be able to save a couple of steps and some material if you have access to the other boxes if you don't have to open any more drywall.

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Here is a link to the box

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-1-Gang-18-cu-in-Zip-Box-Non-Metallic-Switch-and-Outlet-Box-Blue-B118A/202546986

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Ok. I can use "plastic inline splicers" that each individual wire plugs into as the connectors and that is AOK?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Yellow wire nuts are better, rather than a male/female type splice or butt splices.

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Here is a link to those, you can get in a small pack of 5

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ideal-451-Yellow-Wing-Nut-Wire-Connectors-100-Pack-30-451P/202894276

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
OK.
Do I need to provide the blank outlet cover? Is this so that there is some indication that there is a junction box and splice behind the wall?
Customer reply replied 24 days ago
I plan on placing the junction boxes above the dog door cutout. I was not planning on cutting out the drywall where the junction box would be.
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

You can install an outlet or a blank cover, your choice. If you want you can place 1 of the boxes on the exterior wall and have an outlet on the exterior. You would just need a GFCI and weather proof cover. Then it would look a little more appealing and give some functionality.

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Understand... I was just thinking it might be a little easier and could be located at the same height as the other outlets. Not sure if you need to do some minor framing also.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Do I have to install an outlet or a cover? My preference would be to have nothing. Just splicing in the piece of Romex so I can get the line above the dog door opening so I can install the dog door.
Customer reply replied 24 days ago
I will be doing some minor framing.
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

A blank cover is fine if you don't want to plug in anything. This will make the job code compliant.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
code requires a blank cover to indicate there is a junction box behind it, correct?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Correct

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
OK. Summary.
1) have to have junction box for each splicing so will have two to get the insert of 2 feet of Romex
2) use same type of wire in Romex, connecting same color wire to wire - should be 3 wires
3) use yellow nut caps for connectors
4) have to have black covers or outlet wired in where each new junction box is to be code compliantDo I have it all?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

That's it

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Thanks David. Will be back at it tomorrow and maybe Saturday. If I have any questions or problems I will be back. Thanks for the help!
Few thousand more questions and I may be on my way to being a Master. LOL!!
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

If possible you should also staple the wire within 10" of the boxes. Not a big deal but if you want here is the link.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-Bender-1-2-in-2-Conductor-Metal-Staples-100-Pack-MS-150/202520396

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
OK. Is that just to make sure it doesn't dislodge from the connection?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 24 days ago

Correct... Hopefully it will all go easy for you.

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