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Old 10/8/12, 4:18 PM
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Default Electrical wire with staples

I was on a job and there was electrical wiring running accross the roof truss's and they were stapled at the base portion of the truss. I believe I ran across that this was illegal but for the life of me cannot find where I found it. Thanks, in advance for any help.

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Old 10/8/12, 4:22 PM
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That looks really good to me.



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Old 10/8/12, 4:28 PM
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Nice and neat.

OK with me.
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Old 10/8/12, 5:05 PM
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It depends on a few factors one being access and the other how close to the access are the cables.

Quote:
334.23 In Accessible Attics. The installation of cable in
accessible attics or roof spaces shall also comply with
320.23.
Quote:
320.23 In Accessible Attics. Type AC cables in accessible
attics or roof spaces shall be installed as specified in
320.23(A) and (B).
(A) Cables Run Across the Top of Floor Joists. Where
run across the top of floor joists, or within 2.1 m (7 ft) of
the floor or floor joists across the face of rafters or studding,
the cable shall be protected by substantial guard strips that
are at least as high as the cable. Where this space is not
accessible by permanent stairs or ladders, protection shall
only be required within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the nearest edge of
the scuttle hole or attic entrance.
(B) Cable Installed Parallel to Framing Members.
Where the cable is installed parallel to the sides of rafters,
studs, or ceiling or floor joists, neither guard strips nor
running boards shall be required, and the installation shall
also comply with 300.4(D).
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Old 10/8/12, 5:32 PM
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Robert, I suppose the intent of that is to prevent someone damaging the wire if they store objects in the attic but it is so poorly written and explained as to cause lots of confusion.

The OP would not be in compliance as the wire looks to be less than 6 ft. from the scuttle.

Code aside, I would have a tough time calling what is pictured a defect worth fixing.



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Old 10/8/12, 5:41 PM
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They are not installed correctly as the prongs should go through the insulation covering.
Those are tester staples designed to get a E/I reading from the metal U nail surface.
You place mutimeter red lead on the metal surface then ground the other for your reading with no need to open the junction box.
Gosh what is wrong with you guys?
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Old 10/8/12, 6:39 PM
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They are not installed correctly as the prongs should go through the insulation covering.
Those are tester staples designed to get a E/I reading from the metal U nail surface.
You place mutimeter red lead on the metal surface then ground the other for your reading with no need to open the junction box.
Gosh what is wrong with you guys?
Bob, look at the pic I posted. They legit for NM.

edit: I guess I missed the humor attempt. Try smiley.



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They are not installed correctly as the prongs should go through the insulation covering.
Those are tester staples designed to get a E/I reading from the metal U nail surface.
You place mutimeter red lead on the metal surface then ground the other for your reading with no need to open the junction box.
Gosh what is wrong with you guys?
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Old 10/8/12, 7:17 PM
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Can I ask where all the insulation went that would normally cover all this nice and neat electrial work?



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Old 10/8/12, 7:38 PM
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In the second photo, the cable nearest the camera has been damaged just past the staple.
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Old 10/8/12, 7:46 PM
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Like Bob would know what NM looks like....




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Old 10/8/12, 8:14 PM
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Like Bob would know what NM looks like....
See it all the time and here is the latest example.
They did not need any stinkin staples either ....keeps it nice and portable.

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Old 10/8/12, 8:23 PM
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Also in Maine Bob.

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Old 10/8/12, 8:45 PM
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Romex = Extension cord.

Never see real conduit looking like that.
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Old 10/8/12, 8:50 PM
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Bob, the majority of the NM cable in the pictures are being suspended from the undersized 18 gauge wire that is holding up the suspended ceilings.

A big no no.



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