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Help - Identify cables coming out of soffit

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Help - Identify cables coming out of soffit

Help! New home owner trying to figure out what are these cables. Fingers crossed it's from the previous owner running a security camera (which I'm hoping to do and could re-use the cabling). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi there, this is most definitely electrical wiring. Hard to say if it is live or dead. You should call an electrical contractor and have them check it out.
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Ahh. Ok, thanks for the reply and guidance.
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hard to see with such a small pic. Looks like i see a white and black, so romex. use a multimeter to see if its live or not. also if theres more it could be for security camera (they either run rg59 (coax/f-type) or PoE, or i guess possible to use ethernet cable with PoE adapter, so could be for security camera......
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Glad we got input from our local Electrician association! /s

Just use a multimeter to see if it's live. Hopefully the breakers are off.

Shout to your wife (or use cell phones) while you operate the meter, and she flicks the breakers.
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My guess, power for a security cam.

Check if it's live. If it is/isn't, turn off the breaker and dig around in the attic.
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marc_t wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 12:26 pm
Glad we got input from our local Electrician association! /s
Sarcasm much?
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Mar 19th, 2017 2:35 pm
Sarcasm much?
barely :P
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Thanks to everyone for the input. Just tested and it's not live. Got a better pic too while I was up there. Anyone else want to weigh in?
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How long ago did you move in? I once had some questions and my agent passed the questions over to the selling agent, who passed the questions over to the previous owner, who gave me a call.

You can speculate, start flipping switches and breakers, hire an electrical contractor, etc. or just see if the previous owner would be willing to answer a few questions. It might be completely disconnected on the other end and hasn't been used for years, etc.

Unless there was some issue with the sale, most people would be happy to answer questions about the place they called home for many years.
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True. Good point. There's no harm in asking. I'll try that route.
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I'd say from an old light outside, cables where touched by paint brush at one time.,
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Thats electrical probably fro a light or something.

If it was for a security camera then it would usually be 1 cable for power & a RG59 cable for video (old style) however if you plan on running cameras now make sure you get the newer style which just use a network cable (cat6) for both video & power. Also have a look at Hikvision cameras they are Very good quality, much better then the junk you will generally find at the big box stores.
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Mar 19th, 2017 6:31 pm
Thanks to everyone for the input. Just tested and it's not live. Got a better pic too while I was up there. Anyone else want to weigh in?
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Probably is part of a lighting circuit, any breakers off on your panel? Is there a light switch at front hall doing nothing?

Those wires should be capped, might not be live now but you or a future homeowner could unknowingly power them up.
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