Surprise Extra Wire At Receptacle


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Old 08-30-17, 02:53 PM
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Surprise Extra Wire At Receptacle

Putting in new flooring for a client, and she had a half wall between the kitchen and family room that she wanted removed. The wall had a receptacle on it and in my mind there would be a single wire and this would be the end of a run and lead back to the next nearest receptacle on the adjacent wall. Turns out there were 2 wires leading to the half wall, and they do not go back to the adjacent box, instead they turn and go up into the ceiling (house is on a slab).

In the picture, the 12ga. line with the black tape is live. The other one has no power. I checked every light and receptacle upstairs and could not find a single one that didn't work. So, logic says that I simply change the single gang box on the adjacent wall to a 2 gang box and move the plug there. My question, is there any code violation with 2 hots leading into a 2 gang box? Or do I have to do another single gang box on the other side of the stud to keep them separate?
 
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Old 08-30-17, 03:41 PM
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is there any code violation with 2 hots leading into a 2 gang box?
No. it is not totally uncommon. You need to move both cables (they are not wires) to the new location.
 
 

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