Frequent question: Can I plaster over electrical wires?

No problem plastering straight over cables but if you think you might ever want to pull them out put some plastic capping over them first.

Do you need to cover wires before plastering?

“You should cover the cable with capping before plastering over it. This so the cable is protected over the plaster.”

Can I cover an exposed electrical wire?

Yes. This is not only safe but best practice. Tuck the capped wires completely into the junction boxes to avoid accidentally snagging on passing ladders, wallboard, etc. If the room continues in general use then install blank cover plates.

What can I use to cover exposed wires?

Stick electrical tape over the exposed wire and wrap it around once.

  1. You can get electrical tape in different colors, so you can try to find a color that most closely matches the cable you want to repair.
  2. This method works to repair minor damage in any type of electrical cable.

Do you need capping over cables?

Thin galvanised metal capping does not need to be earthed. In fact if the cables are installed within safe zones and the circuits are RCD protected there is no need for any capping or conduit at all and cables can actually be laid direct in the chase and plastered over.

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Do you have to use capping over cables?

I don’t know about good practice but there is no requirement to cap the cables. I would on an open wall but not in a chase generally. They aren’t going to get damaged in a chase by a trowel are they. Capping or conduit, is good for future re-wires, additions or alterations.

How do you deal with exposed wires?


  1. Prepare the Bare Ends of the Wires. With the electrical wire stripper, cut off any bare ends of wire down to the wire coating to tidy them up. …
  2. Place Wire Nuts on the Wires. …
  3. Add Electrical Tape to Individual Wires. …
  4. Push the Wires Into the Box. …
  5. Add the Blank Wall Plate to the Box.

What happens if wires are exposed?

A plug or electrical cord should not have exposed wiring. Exposed wires present a danger of electric shock or electrocution. Using an open front plug poses the risk of contact with live wires when plugging it to a electrical outlet. This also poses a risk of electric shock or electrocution.

How do I temporarily cover exposed wires?

Electrical tape is the simplest method of making electric wires safe. You also use tape on capped live electric wires as an extra precaution. Tapes can be used on loose live wires that do not fit the cap. You can simply use tape over the live wire to fit into the cap.

How can I cover exposed wires in my house?

Use pipe straps — small, half-circle hooks — that you can place over the conduit and then screw to the wall of your home to hold the conduit in place. Attach a pipe strap over the conduit to the wall every 6 feet, using masonry screws to attach to brick walls or siding screws for siding attachment.

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How can I protect my wires?

Wire Coverings for Cable and Wire Protection

  1. Braided Sleeving.
  2. Bushings & Plugs.
  3. Corrugated Loom.
  4. Fabric Sleeving.
  5. Grommets.
  6. Heat Shrink.
  7. Loom Fittings & Clips.
  8. Strain Reliefs.

Should cables be protected in walls?

All cables should either be contained in steel conduit or protected by 30mA RCD. If these two cannot be met, then the cables should be installed at least 50mm (2″) from the surface.

Do you need to cover chased cables?

But for a really neat finish, you should conceal them. In a solid wall, you need to cut a channel (or ‘chase’) in the plaster and run the cable through an oval plastic conduit or, for longer lengths, ‘top-hat’ capping.

Can you leave wires in wall?

2 Answers. It’s acceptable to leave wire in the walls. The only thing you need to do is leave the ends exposed in boxes and wire nut and tape the to legs together. That will indicate to an electrician what’s going on, and if someone does try to tie into them in the future it will just pop the breaker.