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I'm not excited at all. After having to removing all the wall paper and electrical tape in the 3rd floor hall, (found, a bit late, a tab that was sticking out) i gouged the exectrical tabe coming through the doorway when i cut out the wallpaper. Of course half the house is wired past this point. I tested it and it seems to be working ok, but wonder if i should replace it. Or is it ok if i glue it down and leave it as is. While i hate to do it again, i recognize if it is a problem, now is the best time to mend...

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Cindy, I see the tab of tape but can't tell what direction is it running or how bad the cut is. Can you remove the rest of the wallpaper so we can see?

Based on what I can see, my suggestion would be to use brads and/or solder to put a patch over the cut area to bridge it. The damaged area may be getting electricity to the rest of the house, but if the cut ever separates down the line: blackout.

You're right. Now is the best time to mend. Then you won't have to think about it as you have fun decorating. :D

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Thank you kathie for the suggestions here and on the flooring.... after pouting a bit i just replaced a section of wiring.... it only took about half an hour, now i just have to patch the wallpaper and should be ready to go~!

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  • 3 weeks later...

My Garfield has many splices, as I too cut through the tapewire several times. I just ran tapewire from the good tape past the bad spot, and used eyelets to connect them. I had nothing but problems with brads and replaced most of them with eyelets. I still have a couple of spots that I occasionally have to rub my finger over to make the lights come back on. It is very frustrating when you have to tear out wallpaper to fix wiring.

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