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Unravelling old BX cable?

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Subject: Unravelling old BX cable?
From: Jim Franklin <>
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 11:20:44 -0500
Installing a ceiling fan in place of a light fixture, I moved the 
cloth-covered leads too much and one shorted against the armoring. I 
guess they didn't have anti-short bushings in 1926. I need to unravel a 
few winds of the armoring to expose the torn cloth and tape it up, but 
the armoring is steel and won't come uncoiled. Is there a procedure to 
this? I've only worked with modern aluminum(?) armored cable (which 
unravels *too* easily).

Replacing the cabling isn't an option, there's no access above the 


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