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So I'm installing a new outlet in my home. There's an existing Romex cable that goes up the wall into my attic above the new outlet. When I was stripping the wire to go in the box, I accidentally severed the neutral white wire.

I was able to get the sheathed wire into the junction box by about an inch and reattach the white wire with a twist-on cap inside the box. Is this OK or do I need to replace the entire cable?

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  1. Is it easier to replace the cable now than later?

  2. Do you wish you were able to make that wirenut connection better?

  3. Did you install the receptacle to use for a heavy electrical load, dedicated or not?

    If you answered yes to one or more of the questions, replace the cable.

  • It sounds like that cable was drawn tight to make that connection as well. If that is the case, replace the cable. Wire expands and contracts when under load. – Jack May 11 '14 at 13:47
  • The intended use of the outlet should NEVER play into it. A future owner or user may have different choices. – Bryce Jun 19 '18 at 2:00

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