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Expanding Bathroom

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I would like to expand and remodel my bathroom, basically push back a wall.  What do I have to do when dealing with the electrical components in the wall that I am about to break?  How do I move the light switch?

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Posted 2011-05-16T17:17:05+0000  by jakala2 jakala2
 

Hello jakala2,

 

Welcome to the community!

 

Thanks for the great question regarding wiring your bathroom expansion.

 

When I wired a basement for my friend a few years back, I was mindful of planning and detailing what wires to go where. You are no exception in this rule. Also with that in mind, I will also strongly recommend you consult a licensed and insured electrician in your area, as there maybe specific codes in your area when it comes to capping off and placing the moved/dead wires, as I have seen codes and regulations change from county and state, even city. Also, our wiring devices partner, Leviton, has a great tech support hotline for any specific questions on receptacles and switches, they can be found at 1-800-824-3005 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 7 PM Eastern Time.

 

With that said, this is wiring that can be done, but you'll need to do a mental (or paper, at least with me) checklist of what needs to be done during and after the wall and before the sheetrock is up. 

 

 

  • How many wires/fixtures/switches do you know are in/on the wall?
  • Do you want to add on any additional switches receptacles on your new wall?
  • Have you checked the see where the source or lead wires are coming in through the walls, either via the ceiling or another location?
  • are there other intrusions that maybe in the wall, such as any plumbing pipes?
While I know some of those questions can't be answered until you take down the existing drywall, but its always a good idea to plan ahead in case you run into any issues down the road.  The least amount of trouble you can run into, wiring-wise, is simply extending the wiring from the source and put the connections in a box and tape them up. On the opposite end of that spectrum though, you may have things in the wall or additions that you'll want to contend with. 
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Again, doing a quick recap of this with an local electrician will help you out, in case you run into any issues behind the drywall....
Hope this helps you out,
aboveaveragejoe
EDIT: insert photo

 

 

 

Posted 2011-05-16T18:14:12+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
 
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