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Old 06-05-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Nails protruding through studs in area to be wired


Framing an addition near corners and door openings builder doubled-up on many studs by nailing. Nails were too long and protrude into the area where wiring and switches will be installed, poking our nearlhy a quarter inch about every 6 inches or so. Is this a common or legal? Even if I successfully navigate around nails, will having them protrouding so close to romex cable and switches cause problems with safety or inspection? Please advise.

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Here's some additional details. Nails actually protrude closer to half inch in places. Most were put in side-by-side leaving center of stud clear. Am guessing as long as I staple (using stackers) right in center of stud I'll clear enough nails to so the work. Is that OK as far as anyone knows?

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I've got to think it would be. nail sticking though sheeting are very common.
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Smack them over with a hammer so the points embed in the lumber pointing away from the wire path.
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Yes, they are legal, and exceed minimum code. I double nail also, and angle each set opposite for maximum holding power when the framing starts to shrink when the permanent heat source is on. As you discovered, the wiring needs to be set back min. 1-1/4" from the face, so the drywall fasteners don't hit. That is quality work! Sounds like above minimum code (3"-10d) for nail length.

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If you smack the nail over, it may bend over gradually, elongating the hole it was in and lessening its holding power in the stud.

Would it be a problem glueing a piece of wood next to the nail point for the wires to pass over?
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Thanks to All. Will work around nails and only bend one if absolutely necessary. Yes, a quality builder and construction looks like it would withstand an earthquake - not a big concern in Michigan.
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Is there room enough to get an angle grinder with a cut off blade? Or even a sawzall with a metal blade to cut the nail excesses off?
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Sounds like they used 3.5" nails straight thru instead of 3" nails
3.5" angled down/up enough would not have penetrated

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