NEC for "old work"


Old 04-04-06, 08:26 AM
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NEC for "old work"

I recently added an outlet and a couple of closet lights. I had to fish the wires within the walls for the outlet and the light switches, Obviously the NM-B cable is just hanging out in the stud bays without stapling. The "old work" plastic boxes don't have clamps or connectors. Does the NEC allow this or is it silent.
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Old 04-04-06, 08:50 AM
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NM-B does not have to be stapled when it is fished into a finished wall. Staple it properly anywhere that you have access to the studs.
Old 04-04-06, 08:51 AM
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The NEC allows this. The walls are considered the means of securing the cable. The old work box should have a means of securing the cable where it enters, which is often just a piece of plastic.

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