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?

  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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