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Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.
When are you meaning by attach to the wall?
Are the studs to attach the cable to?
Hi, I am finishing off the basement room in my townhome and running two lines out to my garage where the breaker box is. I am running them through my utility closet that has rocked walls and an open ceiling. I pulled the wire into the room over the lowered ceiling in my entrance way and through the wall of the room and then out through the exterior wall. I am wondering the most legal way to attach the wires in this space.
I should also mention that I will be tying the wires in a junction box to each other too.
I am not quite understanding what it is you need to attach to?
I need to attach the romex to something.
I know that typically in an unfinished space they would run through and be attached to studs or joists.
That is what I am trying to understand, what is there? Are all the walls sheet rocked and you want to mount something on the wall?
you installing receptacles, switches?
Yes. The wall as it comes into the room and the ceiling joist as it exits the space
No recetacles or switches.
so where is this cable going?
The wires are going from the room to the breaker box located on the exterior wall of my tuck-under garage. This is in a townhome.
I cannot see the space, so lets go with what happens on finished walls.
The cable must be protected when needed, we use conduit for sleeving and attach the conduit to any boxes, then the cable slides into the conduit
O.k. would that be wires enclosed in a aluminum flex conduit and attached or just tacked to the wall with wire staples.
This protects the cable from damage
Even the MC cable needs protection, that is what that type cable is called.
It is easy bent and distorted
Conduit piping is needed down walls
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX what I thought. I just wanted to get it right the first time since pulling the wires has been a pain in the backside.
Do, I need the conduit when attaching it to open joists though or just up to that point?
No, open joists are fine for running the cables
just wehn you go down the wall
Is it acceptable to run wires under duct work if their is 3/4' space between duct work and the wire?
I do know that you can't run it inside the ducts. That is a Bad Cop No Doughnut situation.
If the cable is still in the joist area and not below the bottom into the open ceiling space.
Duct is insulated?
The wire currently is running beneath the ducts in the open joist area.
The duct is a standard duct.
I am referencing the bottom of the joist. If the cable runs on the bottom whee sheetrock would go, you have to put a runner board.
I also did make sure that there were no seams in the duct where the wire was passing under
I f the cable is between the joist it is fine
What is whee sheetrock. It is running on the joist side of the ceiling between joists.
where the sheet rock would be placed
Thanks for that info too. I just did not want to charge my whole home if you know what I mean.
I can understand
I am having an electrician do the final tie in to my electrical service including installing the whole home surge breaker. That part is one that I am just not comfortable with. The pulling of wires by me has saved me a ton of money.
It can get expensive especially with the cost of copper today, ridiculous
One last question, The room that would be a bathroom I am running 12/2 and a 20 amp service into. Is there a particular light that I need to be using?
3 years ago, copper wire was half of what it is now
No, all lights are good for 15 or 20 amp circuits
I paid 25 for a spool of 100 ft 14/2 and the same for 12/2 at 50 feet.
One reason electrical costs are high today
thanks again for all of your help this evening. You have a great weekend.
you too, thank you and glad to assist