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I am replacing receptacles and switches in a remodel. While replacing a 3 way switch I discovered one of the conductors has a slice about 2 inches long down the insulation. I can see copper. There is not enough cable to pull and re-terminate. Its probably been like this since the house was built 25 years ago but I can't leave it. Is it acceptable to repair this by cutting the conductor off where the insulation is good and wire nut a 4 inch length of 14awg to reconnect the switch? Forgive me I do not typically do residential jobs and not familiar with best approach here!
 

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I am replacing receptacles and switches in a remodel. While replacing a 3 way switch I discovered one of the conductors has a slice about 2 inches long down the insulation. I can see copper. There is not enough cable to pull and re-terminate. Its probably been like this since the house was built 25 years ago but I can't leave it. Is it acceptable to repair this by cutting the conductor off where the insulation is good and wire nut a 4 inch length of 14awg to reconnect the switch? Forgive me I do not typically do residential jobs and not familiar with best approach here!
Sounds like a great question to ask a professional electrician.
 

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I am replacing receptacles and switches in a remodel. While replacing a 3 way switch I discovered one of the conductors has a slice about 2 inches long down the insulation. I can see copper. There is not enough cable to pull and re-terminate. Its probably been like this since the house was built 25 years ago but I can't leave it. Is it acceptable to repair this by cutting the conductor off where the insulation is good and wire nut a 4 inch length of 14awg to reconnect the switch? Forgive me I do not typically do residential jobs and not familiar with best approach here!
so what you really mean is you don't do electrical work at all right?
 

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Strip a piece of #12 red insulation and slide over bad section, tape joint.
 

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Unfortunately it was likely a "professional electrician" that damaged and left it. Thanks for the suggestion though!
 

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I am replacing receptacles and switches in a remodel. While replacing a 3 way switch I discovered one of the conductors has a slice about 2 inches long down the insulation. I can see copper. There is not enough cable to pull and re-terminate. Its probably been like this since the house was built 25 years ago but I can't leave it. Is it acceptable to repair this by cutting the conductor off where the insulation is good and wire nut a 4 inch length of 14awg to reconnect the switch? Forgive me I do not typically do residential jobs and not familiar with best approach here!
Yes... it is acceptable to do what you suggest...but maybe add a couple inches to your 4 so the next guy can pull the device out of the box...
 

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