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Cossack 03-02-2008 09:34 PM

Cable not stapled
 
I am replacing the old ungrounded wire in my old home. I have all plaster walls and there is no way I am going to make holes the length of the cable to the switches and outlets. Therefore the cable I drop in from the attic or up from the basement is just “loose” in the wall.

First, is this a safety problem and what alternative do I have short of destroying my walls?

gregzoll 03-02-2008 09:46 PM

If it is a remodel, not really. Only way to staple, would be to as you mentioned, tearing the wall.

InPhase277 03-02-2008 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cossack (Post 103713)
I am replacing the old ungrounded wire in my old home. I have all plaster walls and there is no way I am going to make holes the length of the cable to the switches and outlets. Therefore the cable I drop in from the attic or up from the basement is just “loose” in the wall.

First, is this a safety problem and what alternative do I have short of destroying my walls?

Just be sure to clamp the cables in the box you use. Some have clamps built in. The Code addresses the issue of fished wires. It is OK.

InPhase277

CowboyAndy 03-03-2008 07:11 AM

Depending on when the house was built compared to when the electrical was wired the cables might not be stapled that are there now. My house was wired AFTER it was built and everything was fished EXCEPT for lighting. They demo'd the ceilings to add K n T for lights and sometime later they fished cable through the walls for outlets.

jrclen 03-03-2008 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cossack (Post 103713)
I am replacing the old ungrounded wire in my old home. I have all plaster walls and there is no way I am going to make holes the length of the cable to the switches and outlets. Therefore the cable I drop in from the attic or up from the basement is just “loose” in the wall.

First, is this a safety problem and what alternative do I have short of destroying my walls?

Fished wires do not need to be stapled according to the NEC. There is no safety problem with this and that is the way we all do it.


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