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Old 03-13-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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When is it necessary to use insulated staples? I bought a bunch of plain metal staples for wiring my garage with 12/2 and plan on leaving the walls open. There will be four 12/2 wire leaving/entering the switch box, can I use regular staples and staple two pair of wires side by side up the stud or do I need something else like stacker staples?

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Stackers not required here as long as you adhere to keeping both sets 1 1/4" from edge of stud. Keep it tight.

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Do not staple two wires side-by-side, on edge. Keep them flat on top of each other.
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Another option is to run 1 set down the middle and ty-wrap the 2nd set to the staple holding the 1st set. Do not just ty-wrap to the cables to cables because that is not totally legal. Cables may support cables.
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