Originally Posted By: pabernathy
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Your electricians are partly right....
Art. 725, 760, 770, 800, 820, and 830. Abandoned cables are defined as cables that are not terminated at equipment and not identified for future use with tag. The removal requirement is not exactly the same in every article but is similar to, "the accessible portion of abandoned cables shall not be permitted to remain."
But these more or less pertain to cable and TV and low voltage installations and not really for 120/240V ( nominal ) installations.
While it is best to always remove unused wires, atleast disconnected from both ends and capped off is the best choice, never cap a live wire in an area and leave it......always try to remove the power from the circuit to be abandonded. Also all wires should terminate in a junction box of some sort anyway...
However I would look for a change down the way in 2008 regarding abandoned electrical lines....but unless their is something I am not aware of ( which is possible ) I do not believe the 2002 NEC addresses this other than in articles listed above for low voltage and data communication wiring.
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