||04-24-2013 08:16 PM
NEC on conduit vs exposed for basement
Hi, I have a basement that is not finished nor do i plan on finishing it. I have 2 outlets that I want to put on the same circuit that are on opposite sides of my basement(one by my work bench and one for a tv/space heater). My question is whether it is to code to just nail a 2x4 to the joists against the wall and then staple the exposed wire to the 2x4 down to where i want the receptacle OR do i have to run thhn wire in conduit? If the latter and i am pulling the 12 gauge nm wire through the joists from the electric panel to where i want to drop vertically down the wall how do you tie the thhn wire that will be in the conduit with the exposed 12 guage nm wire that is exposed through the joists? Im guessing a junction box? Also do you put a ground wire through the conduit? Everything i am seeing looks like the nm gets grounded to a box and they run just hot and neutral through the conduit. I dont see how you can have a gfi outlet with out a ground. Thanks in advance for any help.