wiring code question


Old 02-15-03, 11:26 PM
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wiring code question

according to the 2002 National Electrical Code,
when wiring for electrical outlets and switches during the framing stage of building a basement, (finishing basement, house is already built):

must the wire go through the studs?
Can the wiring go behind the stud btween the wood frame and the concrete wall??

also, how often does the wire need to be tacked to a stud, every how many feet?

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Old 02-16-03, 06:14 AM
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according to the code the wires must be supported every 4'.5". A hole in the stud is considered support for the wire. If you have the means to support the cables every 4'.5" after you run them in the void then they can be ran behind the stud. In a case like this, Not myself, some electricians will drill one hole everyother, or every third stud. I don't find it to be quality workmenship. but legal. Also an answer to this question may hing on your location, and if your munisipal will allow it.
Old 02-16-03, 06:40 AM
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I had the option in my basement of running wire through every stud or every other. I figured that it takes less than 10 seconds to drill a hole in a stud, I already had the drill in my hand, and I'd have to vacuum sawdust either way.

I also found it much easier and faster to pull the wire through each stud (a straight run) than it was to slalom behind and through alternating studs. Especially if every hole was drilled from opposite sides.
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