Running new circuit for a basement bathroom


Old 05-16-05, 10:22 AM
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Running new circuit for a basement bathroom

We are expanding an existing basement bathroom, and I was going to run a new wire to power the lights and GFO. However, the basement is mostly finished with a tile ceiling. You cannot remove the tiles without destroying them and the tiles are not made anymore – which would mean replacing the entire ceiling.

The only way I’ve found to run a wire (w/o removing many tiles) is to fish it along the I-beam that runs through the middle of the house. The wire would be lose, surrounded by beam on three sides and 2x2’s supporting ceiling tiles on one side. The wire will be fastened to ceiling joist on the rest of the routing.

Is this legal, according to the National Electric Code, or would the inspector object—since the wires are not fastened.

I was going to use standard Romex wiring.

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Old 05-16-05, 10:30 AM
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When adding new wire for circuits, you are allowed to fish the wire through walls without fastening it. The walls are considered to be enough support. What you propose is fine.

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