One of our clients recently bought a new home, and was going to hang a ceiling fan for himself. Normally, this is a moderately easy project that a handy home owner can do safely. However, when he opened the ceiling junction box and pulled out the wires, he noticed that about 1” of the insulation on the red wire (hot) had been damaged, leaving a section of bare wire. In the photo you can see 3 wires hanging down but the white paint makes them hard to see. Left to Right they are white, black and red, with the bare copper ground wire coiled above in the box.
Since the breaker to this circuit was turned off, there was no current running in the hot wire so it could be safely taped to cover the bare spot. However, if the damage was not noticed and not repaired before the current was turned on, it could have caused sparking or a fire.
If you try to do minor projects like this, be sure to always turn off the power first, and to watch for damaged insulation on all the wires. Be safety conscious. If you need assistance with small projects like this, contact us and we’ll be glad to help you.
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