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Old 12-13-2010, 04:26 PM   #1
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Any code as to how far a junction box has to be from the entrance to an attic? I placed one about 12 inches from the opening to my attic. It was done out of convenience because I had a lot of wires servicing switches and lights fairly close to the attic opening. It was easy for me to hook things up while I stood on the ladder that I was using to get into the attic. Now I am concerned that there may be some code requirement regarding the placement of junction boxes.

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unless wires and boxes are guarded 6' is required.

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Old 12-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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unless wires and boxes are guarded 6' is required.
What do you mean by "guarded"? Is that easy to do?
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2x4 blocking ect.just have to be protected from stepping on wires and boxes when entering attic crawl spaces.
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2x4 blocking ect.just have to be protected from stepping on wires and boxes when entering attic crawl spaces.
Does the fact that I mounted the box to the side face of the joist and not the top of the joist make a difference? It is still oriented with the cover plate facing up but it is screwed into the joist from the side. Not sure if I am explaining the mounting correctly. I will try to take a picture of it.
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just needs protection from being steeped on and dammaged.if with-in 6'
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just needs protection from being steeped on and dammaged.if with-in 6'
Here is an image of the junction box in question.

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If that's within 12 inches of the attic hatch/door, it's a step/trip hazzard. Just because you know that it there and to avoid doesn't mean the next homeowner will. That being said, you could probably cover the area with a large piece of 3/4" plywood spanning the joists to protect the box.

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