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Do I have to drill through joists to run a cable a few feet for a light?

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06-18-17, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)  
Do I have to drill through joists to run a cable a few feet for a light?

I'm wondering if I can just run the cable and install another pull chain light near my work area without drilling through the joists. Can I just run the romex under the joists and staple it up for now. I want to pigtail off another junction box pull chain light that's about 5 feet away.

What about if I hook everything up and then call an electrician to do the rest?

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06-18-17, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)  
AFAIK, you don't have to drill. Staple the Romex under the joists.

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06-19-17, 07:55 AM   #3 (permalink)  
Cables for smaller circuits like lighting, cannot be run under the framing without a running board or being drilled.

All answers based on National Codes. Please check with your local building departments for local amendments.

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06-19-17, 08:06 AM   #4 (permalink)  

Drill the joists midway between the top and bottom edges and as close to the end of the joist as practical.

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06-19-17, 10:32 AM   #5 (permalink)  
You can nail a piece of strapping under the joist and staple the Romex to that.

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