Electrical Wiring in the Home/re routing 220


QUESTION: I am in the process of buying a home.  Inspection rept show a 220 circuit that is laying across a walking area in the attic, and needs to be re routed. Is it acceptable to do this by cutting circuit, adding to each end with junction box, and add wire necessary between junction boxes to route up and out of the way.  Hope for a quick answer...real estate deadline.  Thanks


It all depends on the distance of all this  and making sure you match the wire size and number of conductors, and colors  to match,    you can get by with around 100 feet max,   much longer and it could drop voltage,  but likely you can get it done without going 100 feet.

I don't know what the existing length is, or I could be more exacting,   anyway you can bury it by drilling holes in joists or something like that,  taking one end loose and fishing through,?

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QUESTION: Thanks for the info on max length, and yes understood on matching wire size/conductors. The problem is that there is not enough slack in the existing 220 to route it up and out of the way without adding wire...correctly matched wire of course :)  Would need to add about 10 ft and no, not near 100 ft length.  The problem with taking one end loose is I don't want to disconnect from supply or outlet and then have to fish through walls.  Mainly want to know if the extra length I need to get it up off the walking path in the attic can be correctly accomplished by cutting the circuit and using junction boxes to add the additional length.  Thanks for your previous quick reply.

Local codes vary,   but as long as the box is the right type,  the length nothing,   the purists will turn their noses up, but code  no way,  just say you are planning to add something some day and left them there for two reasons,  one to move it out of trip zone and second you thought you might tap off the boxes at some future date,      the inspector will be back  so do a nice job    just remember local codes are what they are,       

Even local I see no problem       it is never fullproof dealing with inspectors but as far as safe and practical and done ALL the time   no problem   be sure you staple the extra up and right,   and all that,  
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