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    Are there any problems with making a 10/2 cable longer than it has to be,for future plans that will require the moving of an appliance? In this case @ 3 or 4 feet longer ,so when that appliance is moved it's just a matter hooking wires and a few wire nuts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by solutions View Post
    Are there any problems with making a 10/2 cable longer than it has to be,for future plans that will require the moving of an appliance? In this case @ 3 or 4 feet longer ,so when that appliance is moved it's just a matter hooking wires and a few wire nuts!

    As long a the whip (that part from the last support to the appliance) is no longer than six feet I don't see anything wrong with that type of installation

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    I think we need more detail. If you want the extra length from the wall to the appliance, JW has OK'd that.

    If you just want to coil up 3 or 4 feet of extra wire in the wall or ceiling, or whatever, to allow moving the outlet box, I don't see anything wrong with that. I've been saved many times by the slop left in wiring by thoughtful electricians who have gone before me.

    Caveat: Code Nazis don't like "slop" in the wiring, but there are ways to be both convenient and compliant. My favorite loophole is to fish the cable (presumed to be NM). I don't see anything that says you can't fish 4 or 5 extra feet of cable. If you're installing in the open, you have to secure the cable, but you could double back a few feet, form loops, etc., to your heart's content as long as you secure and protect the cable properly.
    Last edited by Mikey; 03-22-2008 at 06:54 AM.

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