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What to do with these exposed live wires?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by markyyyyyy, 17 Nov 2016.

  1. markyyyyyy

    markyyyyyy

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    Hi,

    I am re doing out bedroom upstairs and took out a walk-in wardrobe, which on the ceiling had a box to supply power to some spotlights that were in the wardrobes / ceiling.

    I have disconnected the cable supplying power from the box (is it called a junction box?) to the lights, but my issue lies with the Mains cable... I have disconnected the mains cable to where it enters the box, so I now have a LIVE mains cable ( see picture) with exposed wires. I have pushed it up through the ceiling but in my loft I can't trace it anywhere as it goes through the joists and there is no slack in any of them to figure out which one it is...


    So my question is this:

    Is there a safe way of 'boxing' off the exposed wires? Can I screw the exposed black and red wire into something that will make it safe for years to come, rather than lifting up the floor boards to try and trace the cable, which will take ages and create a high mess as the loft is full of junk.

    Many thanks

    Mark
     

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  2. kenam

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    sorry - do you mean you cannot tell which on it is in the loft? Or can you get a hold of it in the loft, but not trace it back to the supply?
     
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    I am not 100% sure (I will let a professional answer correctly) - but I would have thought the options available to you are:
    1. Teminate the cable in a marked box in the loft. As I understand it it is fine as long as it is accessible.
    2. If the cable is a separate spur from the supply, leave the cable in place, and try to work out which circuit breaker is and disconnect it.

    I suspect the cable will be joined into an existing ring or the lighting circuit, therefore #1 applies?
     
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