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What to do if you remove a soffit and find extensive wiring underneath?

Our GC (Alon’s) advice to someone who removed their kitchen soffit and discovered extensive wiring behind it…

“IF you HAVE to do without this soffit altogether then this is a work for a competent electrician

But, you may get what you want without having to deal with the electrical…

See how small a soffit you can build in lieu of the one you tore out. Figure on using the lumber flat rather than on edge to save room. You may be able to push back (gently – don’t force it!!) on some of the wires to enable an even smaller soffit.

This soffit does not have to be full depth (i.e. deeper than or as deep as top cabinets with crown). It could be just as deep as the wires mandate.

So what do you do at that point?

You can either use custom cabinets with the top-back corner built as a box hiding this soffit or you can order the cabinets a little shorter and use a larger crown to hide the larger gap between these cabinets and the ceiling.

It depends on how large/small the new soffit is, what’s the cabinet plan for the other walls, the type of cabinet doors you use (with glass doors the first option is not relevant), etc.

Of course, at worst case scenario, you rebuild a soffit, only it would be smaller and less obtrusive.

Problem solved!

Best of luck!”

 

Link to discussion on Houzz:

http://www.houzz.com/discussions/3970932/kitchen-soffit-removal-do-we-need-to-rewire?n=9

 

 

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