Electrical Wiring in the Home/110v ac wiring


J, I would like to get just your opinion on something.
I live in a 1960's era house which had a lot of wiring added by previous owners and obviously were not professionals. I noticed they installed 110v romex wiring 14ga for additional lights or outlets in an unfinished side of a basement. They stapled the wires with regular non-insulated staples. I have been going around and pulling these out and putting in the staples with plastic insulation.
There are some areas which would take a lot of time and effort to get to for access behind insulation and having to move things.
Obviously they have been in place for many years.
In your opinion, how risky is leaving these staples in place or would you be concerned having this in your own home?
Thank you in advance

Joe, it is difficult to know, but the staples installed may have been the legal method of securing it at that time or in that jurisdiction. If the wiring is not susceptible to damage and is not tripping circuits I would not be concerned. In my opinion, if the staples for some reason were pressed hard enough to the cable to create damage, it would trip the circuit. I have seen a romex connector tightened so tight it did not penetrate the insulation, but would short the two wires together and trip the circuit. Thanks for asking, J
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J Cook


General electrical wiring, including but not limited to, residential, panelboards, control wiring, low voltage wiring, Heating and A/C control wiring, single and three phase wiring.


I have been doing electrical since high school. I have been licensed by the State of North Carolina for ten years and am currently the Building Maintenance Superintendent for a municipality. I have extensive control wiring experience.

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