|Fig.1 Damaged Wire|
Supplies and Tools:
2012 National Electrical Safety Code (N.E.S.C.)
Electrical cord and cord holder
Electrical radial saw
Flat head screwdriver (electrical)
NM (Non-metallic electrical wire)
Rue Phon called my repair service to clean up his laboratory rats on the loose in his garage. He owned a beautiful home overlooking Azusa Hills, California. In this post my partner Carl will be helping me solve and work out the details of the job.
This post shows the eight steps to solve this damaged electrical wire from rat attacks.
Rats' teeth keep growing and they enjoy chewing on things to keep those teeth in shape. Their teeth grow non-stop and they must chew all the time in order to wear down their teeth. Rats often choose to chew on electrical wires which can lead to electrical fires. Note: Rats need to chew to keep their teeth under control. The rats chewed the external electrical wiring.
Step 1: Identify the problem and check the rat chewed electrical wires. Check for any missing outer layer inside the Romex® cabling. If its missing replace that piece of wiring. Check with your local (NESC) National Electrical Safety Code and Electrical Codes to see how much wire you will need to replace.
Tip: If you are not sure find an electrician to help you decided.
Step 2: Repair the Romex® cables, also called NM wiring. Fig.1 through fig.3 shows the damage done to the electrical wiring. The cable sheathing was eaten away by the rats, but not the internal wires. Instead of removing and replacing the Romex® cables Mr. Phon wanted these wires to be repaired instead of replaced.
|Fig.2 Rats ate Romex® cables|
|Fig.3 Romex® cables|
Note: If the rats ate through the wiring then replace the entire length of the run.
Step 4: Fig.5 shows Carl repairing the Romex® wiring before replacing the garage cabinets.
|Fig.5 Carl Replacing |
|Fig.6 Carl cut a groove|
to protect wires
|Fig.7 Romex® wiring|
|Fig.8 Ryobi radial saw|
Step 7: Do not forget to wire the ground, the copper wire goes to the green screw on the electrical outlet. Fig.10 shows the ground is located at the bottom of the picture.
Part 1 of 10 - Garage Rat Invasion Repair
Part 2 of 10 - Paint Garage Walls to Eliminate Pets
Part 3 of 10 - Rat Ate Electrical Wire Repair
Part 4 of 10 - Dryer External Vent Capped Off
Part 5 of 10 - Dryer Metal Air Duct Replacement
Part 6 of 10 - Garage Floor Grinding
Part 7 of 10 - Vinegar Kills Urine Odor
Part 8 of 10 - Use of Degreaser
Part 9 of 10 - Applying Acid Etch
- Part 10 of 10 - Epoxy Paint Application