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my guess is the red wire maybe another hot wire

Posted by LJ in TX on September 11th, 2002 05:02 AM
In reply to Electrical Outlet/Red Wire to Nowhere by Susan on September 11th, 2002 03:22 AM [Go to top of thread]

if the red wire has no insulation stripped from it...probably best to leave it alone. I suspect it may be a second HOT wire ...sometimes in old houses they would run three wire with or without a bare ground wire for convenience. if the red wire was bare and you had a volt ohm meter you could verify whether the red wire was hot as well by measuring AC voltage across it and the white wire --if hot it should read 110 to 120 VAC. probably best to leave it alone though--but if you wanted to cure your curiosity check it....but be careful cause it is probably on a separate circuit breaker and may still be hot when you are working with the other hopefully NOT Hot wires. LJ

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