I am replacing a range hood with a microwave. The hood was hardwired in. I ran a new 20A circuit from the panel for the microwave. The existing hood wiring is tied into the kitchen ceiling light. There were 5 wires tied together in this box. I found and disconnected the hot wire, but don't know how to ID the neutral wire running to the hood. Can I leave it connected and just cap the hood wiring off since the hot wire isn't connected?

  • Better to do the same thing - disconnect or cap - for all wires to avoid confusion for the next guy. Can you post a picture of the wires? Mar 31, 2019 at 21:39
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    Yeah, I agree. I ended up going through one by one and found which one it was. I now have both ends of both wires disconnected and capped. Thanks for your reply! Mar 31, 2019 at 22:02
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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Glad we could help; would you mind posting your answer to your question, so that future visitors can benefit? Thanks. Mar 31, 2019 at 22:17
  • Yes -- answer with how you solved this problem and I'll give you a +1 @FrankBullitt :) Apr 1, 2019 at 0:50

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I ended up using trial and error to go through each neutral to figure out which one went to the range hood wire. Took a little bit of time but this way I can safely disconnect the wire and cap both ends. Might as well do it now while I have everything torn apart.

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