Junction Box Removable Ceiling Tiles


Old 01-17-09, 07:36 AM
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Junction Box Removable Ceiling Tiles

I know that I cannot put a junction box in a ceiling or wall that in inaccessable. I plan on putting in a ceiling with removable tiles (drop like ceiling).

So, if I place a junction box in the basement ceiling with removable ceiling tiles, will this pass code?

Also, for a in-ceiling projection system, can I place an outlet in the ceiling? The outlet will not be behind the tiles, but ontop.

Thanks for any help...
Old 01-17-09, 08:13 AM
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It is against code to put receptacles above a drop ceiling and route power cords through the ceiling to the projector.

As an example of one option, Peerless makes the CMJ ceiling plate with cutouts for the AC power and AV connections. Mount receptacle backboxes on top of the cutouts and attach the recep and AV plates to the boxes. AC power is routed to the backbox with flex from another box mounted above. Since you can remove adjacent ceiling tiles, all boxes are accessible. The ceiling mounting plates can also be fitted with a ceiling tile so it blends in better with the rest of the ceiling.

Also take a look at Rapid Run for your AV cabling. I love that stuff!

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