Protecting nm cable between studs?


Old 10-17-14, 08:21 AM
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Protecting nm cable between studs?

I have a 15" piece of nm cable that runs from a junction box to an outlet but not through any studs.
Is there any need to protect this with conduit or a small pvc pipe?

Secondly, if you cannot re-route a cable through studs but you can run it at the join bewtween drywall and baseboard, is there something you can use to protect it that is ok code-wise?
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Old 10-17-14, 01:15 PM
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Keep the cable as near as possible to the center of the stud then install these plates.
RACO Cable Protection Plate, 2.56 In. L - Electrical Box Accessories - 2DCN4|2709 - Grainger Industrial Supply or probably one of the Big box stores.
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Where exactly is it running if it's not between studs?
Old 10-17-14, 04:51 PM
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Sounds like it is outside the studs instead of drilled.
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Loctaion 1:Behind the back of the drywall from the middle of a hole in one stud and then to the outlet. So, the wire then comes out of a hole in the drywall and into the unit.

Location 2: Is completely outside of the studs - it fits under a small gap in the wall finishing and thebaseboards could fit over the top. To save time removing/cutting drywall and drilling, I was wondering if you could just protect the wire with conduit and then hide it behind the baseboard?
Old 10-18-14, 06:23 AM
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Does this tie into other threads regarding baseboard heat or baseboard covering live cabling? Sure would help keeping things together. How does the wire come out a hole in the drywall if it goes into a receptacle? I think we have discussed this before.
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sort of but I figured as it was just about protecting cable...
yes it goes into a baseboard heater not a receptacle but either way the wire travels along a short bit of drywall unprotected...could get a nail in future.

The other one is an existing baseboard where the previous owner just ran the wire behind the finishing. If you pull the baseboard trim off, you can just pull the wire out from underneath...
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