Running new electrical circuit

Old 07-02-03, 07:23 PM
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Question Running new electrical circuit

We need to run a circuit from our panel to the other side of our finished garage. We thought we could run NM cable through our ceiling but there's a support beam in the way. So, we're trying to find out if we can run the NM exposed on the top of the garage wall and along the beam, there's a second floor above the garage and the support beam is flush with the subfloor. Will it meet code?

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Old 07-03-03, 06:29 AM
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The cable must be protected from physical damage. There is some leeway here in terms of what constitutes adequate protection. A cable running on a wall surface is definitely not adequately protected, but some inspectors might allow a cable on a ceiling, as long as it was well secured.

If you want to be sure, use your carpentry skills to build some kind of raceway around the cable. Or check out Wiremold products. Both of these would probably also look nicer than the cable.
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Consider using PVC Non-metallic conduit as the Wiring Method.You can achieve a very neat installation with this Method with factory-made bends,elbows,condulets, connectors, and couplings.The joints are made with a liquid adhesive.You can make a transition from cable-to-conduit using a metal junction-box at the transition-point. Good Luck!!!!

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