Staple option?


Old 11-17-10, 10:44 AM
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Staple option?

Is a cable clamp acceptable in place of a staple? I have a run of NM 14-2 in a narrow stud bay where I can't swing a hammer. There is enough room for a stubby screwdriver and a short screw.

The clamp is the type shaped to go over the cable and one end is extended to accept a screw.
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Old 11-17-10, 11:05 AM
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No expert...but doesn't it say in the code "secured" vs "stapled"? Can't imagine there would be an issue.
Old 11-17-10, 11:32 AM
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Article 334.30 says the cable shall be supported and secured by staples, cable ties, straps, hangers or similar fittings.

Sounds like you are fine.
Old 11-17-10, 11:42 AM
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"Secured" is correct -- stapling is just one type of securing. As long as it is fastened in a way that doesn't damage the cable you're good to go. In a narrow space, cable ties might be appropriate.
Old 11-17-10, 12:38 PM
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I would think the clamp need to be UL approved for the type of cable it is being used for.
Old 11-17-10, 01:30 PM
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Thanks guys. The clamps I used are labeled for NM 12-2 or 14-2.

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