Basement wiring job

Old 02-23-04, 11:53 AM
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Basement wiring job

Just finished framing out a basement. The framed walls are held off of the concrete about an inch or so along the outside walls. I am putting quite a few convieniance outlets along the walls and was wondering if it is OK or commonplace to simply run the Romex behind the framed walls in the void between the framed wood wall and concrete foundation walls. I ask because it would be seem to be faster since I wouldn't have to drill any holes thru the 2x4's. I also thought it would keep the R-19 insulation more in tact and would keep the 2x4's at full strength. Any thoughts on this matter? thanks...
Old 02-23-04, 12:06 PM
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The cable needs to be supported, so you cannot simply run the cable behind all the studs. It is common to run cable through every other stud and behind every other stud (or behind 2 out of 3 if the studs are 16" o.c.). You can drill the holes slightly behind center in the stud to further recess the cable and require less of a slit in the insulation.
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Asusual John is right on the mark. You should drill some holes even though it would be easier not to.
Old 02-24-04, 09:42 PM
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You could do many things...

You can use staples on the back of the studs by pressing them in with a large c-clamp

You could drill a small hole (say 1/4") near the back of the stud and use Ty-wraps.

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