Wire behind cabinet

maria110August 30, 2014

Hi, the kitchen cabinet installer has the wire for the under cabinet lighting crushed behind the cabinet. I couldn't move it over. Is it a problem having the wire like that?

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yes. The wire could possibly be damaged now

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 1:33PM
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Or it possibly could not be damaged????

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 6:45PM
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No, it should NOT be pinched like that. Have him fix it.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 8:07PM
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"Or it possibly could not be damaged????"

Gee your logic is infallible. You're right, I always let the sheet rockers and cabinet guys pinch my stub outs and leave them just in case they didn't damage it. It's not like it could possibly be OK now and then later get damaged as things expand and contract. That NEVER happens.

Using your logic we should wire everything in ridgid conduit to avoid possible damage and use rain tight connectors in case the roof leaks... Or everyone can just do their job correctly.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 9:47PM
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Golly gee, you win.

EVERYTHING not perfect should require a callback.

This post was edited by saltidawg on Mon, Sep 1, 14 at 8:49

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 10:02PM
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Have the cabinet guy come back and loosen the cabinet so the wire can be removed

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 6:38AM
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remedy the wire issue and that hole should be sealed also and call them to do it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 1:22PM
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It is unlikely that the cable is damaged. Some electricians are really brutal while pulling NM cable and seldom create opens or short circuits as a result. I do not practice nor suggest rough handling of conductors or cable.
Get the cabinet installers to loosen the cabinet and pull out the cable. But as a practical matter, it may be faster and easier to just do it yourself. Waiting for them may be frustrating and inconvenient. And you probably want to watch them while they do it as they will not be happy campers-- and that may not be convenient for your schedule.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 2:45PM
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Thanks everyone.

I tried to do it myself and it's really, really tight...wouldn't budge. They have to come back for other issues and you're right it will take a while and I will have to watch them...the installer will definitely not be happy he has to come back.

What is the best product to seal up the holes? Is it necessary considering tile will be going there?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 4:45PM
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I have a feeling that the wire may be held by a screw somewhat higher than what the picture shows, it may be pierced or hung on. (screw under a loop)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 6:07AM
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