Proper Termination Of BX When You Can't Trace It Back To A Box...

 
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Proper Termination Of BX When You Can't Trace It Back To A Box...


Pretty sure this is BX (it has two (asbestos clad?) copper wires & a little skinny (aluminum?) ground wire poking out of the end of the armored twist).

Had to take out the bath fan light it was attached to & plan to rewire the bathroom correctly. (Original build had the bath fan and plugs on the same circuit as kitchen & two other rooms - no GFI). I don't want to use this line at all, as the cladding of the wires inside the cable is very brittle.

I would normally trace the line back to a box & remove the entire run - unfortunately I'm pretty sure the box is inside a wall somewhere far from the room I'm remodeling (traced it back through the attic to the top plate of a wall on the far side of the kitchen.).

Anyway, is there any safe & approved way to leave the line hot and terminate it up in the attic - or do we need to start taking out walls to try to find the junction box?

(The problem is that the crumbling cladding of the wires has fallen off all the way back to the armored cabling - and since I don't have any tools to cut BX properly, I can't just wire nut the thing & tie it into a 'dead' box).
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Wire nut & tape.

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You don't own a pair of dykes? Twist it, cut it, nut it and you're all done.
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As the others said, put in a junction box, cut back the steel shroud, wire nut the wire ends and tape them.
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Thanks folks. After a day of smashing tile, my brain was fried.
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