Spacing of holes in top plate.


Old 09-07-07, 06:53 PM
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Question Spacing of holes in top plate.

Starting remodel: I opened up the drywall over my circuit box and discovered three holes in the plate with cables heading to the floor above. Measuring from the center of each hole to the center of the next hole they are spaced about 1 1/2" apart. It looks like 5/8" apart if measured from the edge of one hole to the nearest edge of the next hole. Is this too close? I wonder if the inspector will like this.

I've got 15 inches of total space to work with here. How many holes can be drilled? I need to run two 12/3 cables and three 12/2 cables.
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Old 09-07-07, 07:05 PM
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make sure holes are drill in center of plate and not on edge.
you could put strip of metal on edge of plate to prevent any nails piercing the wires.
leave about 1 in between should be ok
Old 09-07-07, 11:28 PM
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Thanks and ?

So holes 1 inch apart for a wall plate? This is not treated like a joist? I think I read that holes in a joist need to be 2 inches apart?
Old 09-08-07, 04:07 AM
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It is not a joist, but a plate, serving another purpose with different stress factors. That is why the drilling can be closer.

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