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Old 04-19-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Attic wiring over joists

Was reading the below thread that talked about protecting wiring in an attic and I think we have an "ut oh" that needs to be fixed.

Our wiring runs perpendicular to the joists all over the attic. Currently its not stapled over the joists although I can do that if necessary.

The attic is accessible by permanent pull down stairs but we do not use the attic space for storage.

If this is the case, do we have to staple or cover the wires that are there to protect them?

Again if we are not using the attic for storage do we have to cover the wires within 6 feet and does the 6 foot rule apply to overhead wiring up there or just the wiring on the ground.

History -we flooded and are rebuilding the lower half and will have an inspection but supposedly they will not back check us for items unless they are considered a safety issue and I can see this as being one so want to be up to date.


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Old 04-19-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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When was the wiring installed? The code has changed over the years. Why do you think this is an issue?


Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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Jim we are rebuilding after a hurricane flood.

The wiring itself was done in 1991 and is 12/2 through out the house and is in really good condition and was wired by a master (I would pay to be able to twist wires like the dude that did it originally) ....its the newer added later stuff we had to rip out and correct.

When you rebuild they are checking to make sure that the house is safe. They will be up in the attic inspecting the new AC and I want to make sure I don't get pinged on something else if its a big deal.

Right now there is spaghetti wires all over the place that are not secured.
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