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Old 06-25-01, 06:34 AM
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Why is it that in the Chicago Land area Romex is not code? Why would they sell it at every hardware store here if it is not code? Will I have trouble selling my house if I have added a couple of lights and outlets using romex?
 
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Old 06-25-01, 08:40 AM
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You may have trouble when you sell if you make any type of installation not in compliance with the local codes. Illinois has a seller disclosure law and one of the questions on this form that you must answer is, "are you aware of any building code violations in this building?"
As far as why you can buy romex but not use it, the building and electrical codes can not tell a retailer what he can and can't sell. These codes do not cover the sale of a product, only its use.
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Any ideas why it (romex) isn't code? I figure I would be OK because my neighbor has tons of romex in his house, and he passed inspection no problem.
 
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Old 06-25-01, 01:46 PM
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Passed whose inspection? Are you in the City of Chicago? Most but not all of the suburbs have banned romex.
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Old 06-25-01, 07:16 PM
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This topic is one I would be interested in knowing more, where could I obtain more info about this? (perhaps via internet, I live in SE PA) I do have relative living in sububan Chicago.

What type of wiring methods ARE allowed by local code? Is MC cable allowed or similar?
What about other flexible conduits like BX, seal-tight, and the blue plastic corrugated Carlon stuff sold at the homecenters?

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I'm in palatine and he passed with no problem, same thing 5 years earlier in his old house. From my understanding conduit must be run unless it is for a wip like going to flouresent light or something like that but can only be like 6 feet
 
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Old 06-26-01, 04:55 AM
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Penta,
You'll have to get a copy of the Palatine electrical code or talk with their inspection department. If your neighbors house was inspected by a "home" inspector for a transfer of ownership, it might not have been inspected for compliance wiht local codes. If it was inspected by a city inspector, then maybe romex is ok in your area.
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Old 06-27-01, 04:23 AM
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Penta:

I don't think romex is not allowed at all, but it must be run in conduit. Armored cable is more convenient to use than conduit, so that's what you'll see the most of. The origin of this rule I believe, had something to do with rodents chewing thru the insulation.
 
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