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How to make electrical wires safe for plasterer after removing wall lights?

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I have a plasterer coming to re-skim my walls in a few weeks and he’s asked me to remove the wall lights and “tape” up the wires.

I can remove the wall lights ok, but just wanted to make sure the wires were safe.

Obviously the electrics will be off when I do this

Do I just wrap insulating tape around each individual wire?

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Assuming the power is off (a contact-less power detector can be useful here), just cap the hot and neutral with wire nuts.

You can add electrical tape, but the wire nut (assuming a decent tug doesn't pull it off) should suffice for protecting them against grabbing a live wire.

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Last time I did this I isolated the circuits ( by removing the wire from the breaker as well as pulling the neutral).

Then I used short bits of plastic tube to cover the insulated wires so that the extra plaster and paint etc did not « gum » up the wires etc. Made it much easier to see later.


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How to make electrical wires safe for plasterer after removing wall lights?

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I have a plasterer coming to re-skim my walls in a few weeks and he’s asked me to remove the wall lights and “tape” up the wires.

I can remove the wall lights ok, but just wanted to make sure the wires were safe.

Obviously the electrics will be off when I do this

Do I just wrap insulating tape around each individual wire?


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Assuming the power is off (a contact-less power detector can be useful here), just cap the hot and neutral with wire nuts.

You can add electrical tape, but the wire nut (assuming a decent tug doesn't pull it off) should suffice for protecting them against grabbing a live wire.

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If the breaker is off, there won't be any live wires for them to grab! - FreeMan Apr 13 at 17:00

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