Another loose end to be tied up with my bedroom project is replacing a short section of wiring for the switch to the kitchen overhead light. As a side benefit, I will have to take down the horrible kitchen pendant light I’ve wanted to replace since I moved in. Here is the hated light:
The wire between this pendant and the wall switch passes through the middle a former crawlspace that is now going to be a closet. After testing that I had turned off the kitchen light circuit, I removed the ceiling fixture and exposed the electrical box and old wiring.
Inside the ceiling box there were wires with crumbling insulation and a connection made by stripping insulation from a wire that ran unbroken in and out of the box. Yikes!
Despite the ugly wires, the armored cable to the wall switch came out easily and new romex went back up just as smoothly using a fish tape after I removed the old switch box.
In the end I pulled new wire from the switch to the ceiling light, and from that light to another kitchen light connected by existing rigid conduit. I replaced the switch and box with new, but the kitchen light was replaced with a simple jelly jar light that I removed from a closet during the bedroom demolition. That light is just a placeholder until I decide on a permanent solution.