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    Hello,
    I'm trying to determine the best technique for storing wires that were put in place during a remodel. The problem is that wires were installed and connected to the panel for future use as living space (electric range, kitchen circuits. These wires were run out of a wall at a location where there will eventually be a partition wall. However, the partition wall is not being built now as the space will not be used as a kitchen immediately.

    What can be done to store these wires in a code compliant fashion until the wall is eventually built and still allow the space to be used safely?

    Thanks for any replies.
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    Coil them up and put them in the attic. Make sure they are not tied to any breakers.

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    Thanks for the reply,
    We can coil them up, but there is no attic space or basement space to place the wires into. The wires are laying on the floor and the wires are already in the panel. Is it enough to keep them disconnected in the panel and coil them up?

    Thanks again
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    I'm not positive on this, but it may be acceptable to install lockout bars on the CB's in the panel to prevent the circuit from being energized and leave them connected...one less thing to deal with later. As a double precaution, a wire nut on each of the hot and neutral in the coiled bundle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molo View Post
    Thanks for the reply,
    We can coil them up, but there is no attic space or basement space to place the wires into. The wires are laying on the floor and the wires are already in the panel. Is it enough to keep them disconnected in the panel and coil them up?

    Thanks again
    Keep them safe from damage and unpowered and everything will be fine.

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