Wiring in return wall cavity

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Old 10-07-19, 07:54 PM
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Wiring in return wall cavity

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I am finishing my basement and at the point of running supply and return vents. Am I okay to have wires in the same wall cavity as the return vent and does it matter if they run across or with the cavity?

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Old 10-07-19, 08:30 PM
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Are you talking about panning off joists and studs with tin for the returns ?
if yes..... you can cross perpendicularly. You cannot run them the long way in a panned stud bay.
 
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Correct that is what I meant and that's the answer I was not hoping for.
I wanted to have that return right at the bottom of the stairs, but with wiring and switch boxes bewtween the studs I was hoping to use, is it okay to have the return vent on the stairs 1-2 up from the bottom of the floor?
Or would it be a better option to cut into a different return run and have it somewhere else in the room?
I know you should run new supply lines, but how about returns?
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