Junction Box Needed for Door Jamb Button Switch

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Old 12-26-12, 04:04 PM
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Junction Box Needed for Door Jamb Button Switch

Hello.

Just got finished installing a door jamb button switch for a hall closet, similar to this one: Shop Gardner Bender 16-Amp White/Brass Light Switch at Lowes.com

When installing, I ran the wiring through the door jamb and up into the corner part of the closet. It's working great, but I had one thing which makes me question the safety of the install:

When I cut into the door jamb, there is a stud a few inches behind the jamb (as expected). There is also a junction box included for the installation which is meant to be inserted into the door jamb. Because of the stud behind the jamb, I opted to not cut into the stud to fit the junction box in. I have wire nuts on the two connectors behind the jamb, and there is no insulation present. Is this an extreme fire hazard, or am I worrying about something that is not of that much concern? The house was built in 1998, and I used Romex to install (which is what is the wiring used in the house).

Thanks for your help. It will help me sleep at night either way your answer(s) come in. If I really have to, I'll uninstall and cut the deeper hole, and do it the (correct) other way.

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Jeff
 
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Old 12-26-12, 04:19 PM
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You really need to use the box that came with the switch.
 
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Old 12-26-12, 04:47 PM
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The code requires all splices to be in a junction box. You should cut out the jamb and stud and install the box.
 
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Old 12-26-12, 05:13 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Just got finished installing a door jamb button switch for a hall closet... There is also a junction box included for the installation which is meant to be inserted into the door jamb... I opted to not cut into the stud to fit the junction box in. I have wire nuts on the two connectors behind the jamb, and there is no insulation present. Is this an extreme fire hazard
Yes.
or am I worrying about something that is not of that much concern?
No.

The house was built in 1998, and I used Romex to install (which is what is the wiring used in the house).
The age of the house does not enter into it. When I installed spring-loaded light switches into the closet door jambs of a house I renovated for my family, I ran Type NM-B (aka "Romex"), connected it into the small box that is part of the switch, and made the connections inside that box. No wire nuts were used at the switches.

That house was built in 1908.
 
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