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Old 07-26-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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I have an unfinished garage. I will most likely put up drywall some day but the ceiling will no doubt always be open.

I want to re do some basic lighting. Question is, do I need to run the romex in conduit across the ceiling beams, or can I just staple it to the underside of them. These ceiling beams are 12 feet above the floor. Thanks

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If you have room above the garage, like an attic space, run your lines up there and run them close to where the rafters meet the floor joists. This will avoid any physical damage issues to the cables.

Otherwise, you have to drill holes in the joists. Stapling them directly to the underside of the joists is an NEC violation.

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I would use BX cable.

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If you are not storing anything up there, run the BX cable along the top of the rafters. (BX cable is the copper wire with the aluminum covering)
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I do have some plywood laid across the top and am storing some stuff up there. So would that mean I should use something like BX on the sides or across bottoms of the joists?
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Yes. Just staple them to the sides of the joists.
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If romex is allowed in you're area, why would you use bx?
Not using bx will not burn down the garage!
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The casing is harder to peirce then the casing on romex...plastic verses aluminum....duh....Conuit is overkill but definatly even better..
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Just staple to the side of framing members and you will be fine. You do not need BX cable or conduit.
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The casing is harder to peirce then the casing on romex...plastic verses aluminum....duh....Conuit is overkill but definatly even better..
The point is you are telling someone they are risking burning down their garage by using NM which is completely false
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No I wasn't...I just meant..better safe than sorry..in the attic of a garage you are constantly shoving things in the rafters..if you slide something across regular wire, it could slice through the casing...that's all I meant..God..what's with the egos on this site...I was just trying to help...won't be returning to this site.

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