Last fall I opened up about 30" of wall to enlarge a closet door opening. The wall was original plaster (I literally cried as I broke out the plaster
), and didn't look to have ever been messed with. Inside the wall was some old knob and tube wiring. Except about 5.5' up, where there had been a light fixture attached to the other side of the wall, and some genius had spliced in romex with electrical tape. Here's the best picture I can get without touching it (I'm scared!):
The silver romex runs straight up and disappears into the attic somewhere. The attic is full of blown-in insulation, and we haven't been brave enough to go digging. But, with out limited knowledge of electrical, we can't figure out where the romex might lead. There are no fans up there, and there are no outlets/switches/fixtures near the k&t/romex splice. The wall is not load-bearing, so there is nothing below, except the dining room ceiling.
Down in the basement, we have a circuit breaker box, and the rest of the house has updated electrical (supposedly). All of the visible wiring is new, plastic coated wire, not the silvery braided stuff like what I found in the wall.
So... Given my limited info, what is the best way to determine whether this wire is live or not? My gut feeling says that it probably isn't, but at the same time, that romex has to go somewhere
. Is the attic the best place to start looking?