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#57564 - 10/17/05 01:25 AM Basement Flooded...  
Attic Rat  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... Well,thanx to 8 straight days of rain,my basement/shop flooded.The culprit was a faulty float switch on the sump pump..
I lost a few replaceable items,..though,I'm dubious about using my coils of 12-2 alum BX,..the paper inside is certainly sopping,as it acts like a wick,..should I be concerned??.. I replaced the float switch,and the water table is still high,it keeps the sump jogging on and off frequently..I don't own the house,but I did the repairs because my landlord is nice enough to allow me to use the basement as my shop.. In a way,I guess it was a God send,..I get to clean out the basement now,and get rid of alot of unwanted detritus... was way worse back when Hurricane Floyd hit a while back,..took in 28" of water,..old abandoned refrigerator top-ended and was floating around..time to add more shelves and wooden pallets.. [Linked Image]

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#57565 - 10/17/05 12:25 PM Re: Basement Flooded...  
jw electric  Offline
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 106
Asheboro, NC
Yes, Throw it away. As the paper rots so will the insulation on the conductors.


#57566 - 10/18/05 06:19 PM Re: Basement Flooded...  
ShockMe77  Offline
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 821
Rahway, New Jersey
Yes, it sucks that you have to waste your AC/ MC cable, but would you install it in your house? If your answer is no, then there you go. Sorry to hear about the flood in your basement.

#57567 - 10/18/05 06:37 PM Re: Basement Flooded...  
watthead  Offline
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 172
South Carolina
Hey Rat
Does the cable in question have THHN/THHW copper conductors? If it does I would use it on my own house, why not? I would also not have a problem with NMB cable that had gotten wet or flooded, but thats just me.

#57568 - 10/18/05 07:52 PM Re: Basement Flooded...  
wa2ise  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 784
Oradell NJ USA
You may be able to salvage the aluminium BX cable by warming it to just under its max rated temperature (90 degrees C?) in an oven for a few hours to dry the paper in it out. The water vapor should be able to escape past the joints in the spiral wrap of the armor. Just like any standing water that drained out when you carried it out of the basement.

#57569 - 10/18/05 11:23 PM Re: Basement Flooded...  
Attic Rat  Offline
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Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... Thanx guys,... I appreciate your replies,.. I'm a pack-rat,and can't throw anything away, I'll hang on to the soggy BX,..and wait 'til it dries out on its own...I just bought 2 more coils today..

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