Open Splice Junction Box – The Secret to Fixing Exposed Splices 10x Faster
Posted on 9th November 2023
The Dangers of Exposed Electrical Wiring
Open splices in electrical installations are a ticking time bomb. They are one of the worst things you can see in any electrical installation. These are splices that are not protected in a junction box. They are open to the air, or worse, sitting on insulation or some other flammable materials.
Open splices are illegal and dangerous. Electrical fires contribute to 51,000 house fires each year, resulting in 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries. You would hope that anyone working with electricity would take their work very seriously. However, open splices are one of the most common issues listed in real estate inspections. When an electrician comes across an open splice, they are obligated to fix it immediately. There are no excuses. The issue that they and the customer may run into is that these open splices were left in a condition that makes fixing them a chore. Either the wire is too short, or the space the splice was left in doesn’t allow for mounting a traditional box.
If you find yourself having to rewire a poor electrical job, you’ll often wonder if there’s an easier way. Most of the time you have to run back and forth trying to find the right circuit, undoing the splice, running new wire, and having a miserable time finding a place to nail in the box. Whether you are stuck in a hot, stuffy attic, or a bad, cold, damp, critter-filled crawl space, the solution is the same. The new Open Splice Junction Box was made especially for you and is a must-have item to keep in the truck.
Meet the Most Revolutionary Junction Box Ever
The Open Splice Junction Box is a U.S.-made product. It is a molded plastic, one-piece junction box. The problem with open splices is that they need to be protected from the environment around them. With the Open Splice Junction Box, the electrician can place the splice inside the box, let the rest of the wire sit in the cutouts on the side, and then just close and secure the lid with 2 screws. That’s it! The cliché of “Easy as 1-2-3” was waiting for this product. This junction box turns a 10-minute job into a quick fix that only takes seconds. The time savings alone are massive!
Electrical wiring is scary to a lot of people. An open splice may be cause for alarm when found by a homeowner. Calling an electrician is always an excellent choice, but even DIY-ers can understand how the Open Splice Junction Box works. One look at the product and you’ll know what I mean. If you’re a homeowner or soon-to-be a homeowner, and you find an open splice at any time, you can have confidence that this product will bring your home up to code. If you have any doubts about the condition of the wire splice, make sure you call a professional.
Why is it Better Than a Traditional Junction Box?
With traditional junction boxes, you start the installation the same by turning off the circuit. This can be a chore if you have a poorly marked panel, but it is an important safety step. The difference now is that you would then need to undo the splice and try to feed it into the junction box. Any traditional junction box will have plastic tabs that either completely break out or bend enough to allow the wire in but not back out. But these are generally on the back of the box. So, you have to bend the wires to try to shove them through the openings.
As mentioned above, you may not have enough wire or space to complete this process. In that case, you’d have to run new wire to fix the splice or cut the splice completely. Either way, the job cost goes way up. While this might be good for the electrician, it’s a blooming headache for the customer.
How to Easily Fix Open Splices
Here’s how easy it is to use the Open Splice Junction Box:
Turn off electricity to safely handle the wires.
Before you begin installation, make sure all your wiring and connections are correct and tight.
Bend the doors on the side of the plastic junction box inward to make room for the wires.
The hardest part of this installation will be figuring out what to do with all the time you saved choosing the Open Splice Junction Box.
Where Do Open Wire Splices Come From?
Many older homes are a mashup of old and new wiring. To save time, some people will splice old wiring with new. While there’s nothing wrong with this in general, houses are usually built as final products. Meaning, that no room for future expansion is ever the plan. The wire that you see is the wire that you get. There aren’t 3 extra feet of wire hiding for you to use in a splice situation. You’ll often see somebody cutting to tap off a wire run. They’ll use an open splice because the run was already tight and secure. Finally, they’ll ball electrical tape around it and call it “safe.” You’ll be lucky if they use wire nuts half the time. They might have only twisted the wires together and put tape over them. That’s a housefire waiting to happen. In these situations, the Open Splice Box is a lifesaver.
How Open Splice Junction Box Saves You Time & Money
The Open Splice J-Box is listed at $8.99 for 1, $42.49 for 5, or $183.99 for 25. I know, the sticker shock might get the better of you compared to an $.80 box. But think to yourself how many times that cheap box turned into a 3-hour nightmare. No one wants a couple of trips to the van for more wire and boxes just to fix a couple of bad splices. The Open Splice Junction Box pays for itselfwhen you consider the time and labor involved. This is especially true if you deal with this problem often. All you have to do is try the math for yourself. The time saved will allow you to fit more jobs into your day. It will even help with renovation situations where you won’t need to demo a whole run of wire just to tap off for one light.
Here’s What People Are Saying About the Open Splice Junction Box
“This product does exactly what it says: “fixes open splices quick and easy”. It is well made, and UL listed which is clearly marked on the inside bottom of the box.
“These are fantastic for retrofitting old splices up to code. No need to disassemble the existing connection, just pop in, seal shut, and done. Great for peace of mind.”
“We buy and sell lots of houses. Open wiring splices in the attic or basement consistently show up on the inspection report. With this product we can take care of the open splices quick, easy, and meet code. Worth every penny in time savings and to pass inspections without hassle. Product is UL listed in U.S. and Canada.”
Yes, Open Splice Junction Box has undergone and passed rigorous laboratory testing. It is listed to meet standards UL 514C (United States) and CSA C22.2 # 182 (Canada). Read more here.
Is the product legal to use in crawl spaces?
Yes, use the Open Splice Junction Box in crawl spaces, attics, basements, and main living spaces.
Is this junction box fireproof?
No, it is not fireproof; but it is fire-resistant to safely and legally meet appropriate electrical code.
Will this product work for multiple wire splices?
Yes, there are four entry doors to accommodate multiple wires.
Is the product made in America?
Yes, this product is made in America from 100% recyclable materials.
Put an End to Dangerous Electrical Splices
The Open Splice Junction box provides the perfect solution to a dangerous problem. Open electrical splices are not only dangerous, but they are also illegal under the electrical code. Even if they weren’t, unprotected splices can become loose, shock someone, or cause electrical fires. The Open Splice Junction Box solves this problem by enclosing the open splice in a fire-resistant polymer box without needing to undo the splice in the process. The time and money that this product saves are well worth it. Anyone who’s had to deal with open splices should understand that this is the ultimate solution to one of the most common electrical hazards faced by homeowners and electricians.