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Old 10-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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How can I install and protect electrical and low voltage (coaxial & Cat6 Ethernet) outlets/jacks if the framing they're attached to sits in front of an unsealed exterior basement wall? The basement won't be sealed beforehand.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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No special protection is needed.

The cables and outlet boxes are mounted to the studs in the same manner as for upstairs framing.
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so moisture seeping from the concrete and lath & plaster wall is nothing to worry about with bare electrical wires inches away?
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so moisture seeping from the concrete and lath & plaster wall is nothing to worry about with bare electrical wires inches away?
I would be more concerned with mold at that point.
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Yes, but that's another post. This post is about moisture + electricity
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This post is about moisture + electricity
What do you think the problem would be? The moisture is NOT going to affect the electricity. If anything it will affect the associated metal.
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Moisture is the problem. Mold and/or rot will be problems, if they are not already.
Fix the moisture problem before doing anything.
Otherwise, you may find yourself pulling out everything to get at the problem.
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fixing the moisture problem is out of scope for this project - the whole basement will be fully finished in a year or two and that's when we'll seal it to address moisture. for now I just need to quickly refinish this small room so it can be my office. its temporary.
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