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So I just purchased a home and am doing remodeling. I removed a bearing wall that runs along the side of the hallway between the kitchen and living room to open the space. There were two outlets on that wall, which I was planning on removing, because now there is no wall for them. It is too difficult to get in the attic to pull wires through and cap them at junction box. so I figured it would be easier to just let the wires end at a electric box that I will have accessible through the ceiling. I spliced both romex wires and capped them and stuck them in the box.

However the power outlets in the kitchen, hallway and master bedroom are dead now. I then went ahead stripped the wires and tested to see which ones were hot. There was only one of the two that were hot, yet both were previously power outlets?

I figured that they probably ran in series and that one of the power outlets fed power to the other (although they were in no way connected when I removed wall).

So I spliced them together thinking that they fed into eachother, but still nothing. In hindsight it probably wasn't the best idea hooking two power outlets together, but only one was hot, so I figured what the heck.

Anyways I can't figure it out. Also there was a switch on that wall that powers the kitchen light that I obviously am going to keep. I have it wired in hallway, but no power is running to it.

  • Was there another cable going into that wall from the other end? – ThreePhaseEel May 12 '17 at 3:12
  • Did you bury or abandon any wire ends in the wall? – Harper May 12 '17 at 5:59
  • It sounds like they were on two different circuits. – Someone Somewhere May 12 '17 at 10:27
  • Have you checked to see if the breaker has tripped? – Jim Stewart May 12 '17 at 10:39
  • It would be helpful if you could show us exactly which wires you spliced to which, and how they were wired previously. Otherwise, I'd start with @JimStewart 's comment. – Carl Witthoft May 12 '17 at 13:14

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