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Old 12-08-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
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NM fire protection requirements - can it be run inside a wood bar?


I'm remodeling my basement. I've already pulled an electrical permit for the two new circuits I ran for the outlets/lights and the inspector was pleased with my work. (Grandfather was an electrician so I know how to do some stuff).

I'm a little stumped on this one, though. I'm building an L-shaped bar with base cabinets and then two stud pony walls (7" deep) directly behind each cabinet that will face out into the room and provide the bulk of the bar structure. My original thought was to run NM in the pony walls for the counter level outlets, but the front of them will be covered with 3/4" plywood. This will be an AFCI circuit dedicated to the bar with four GFCI receptacles.

Can you conceal NM in an enclosed wood structure like this per the NEC? I know in some cases with wood paneling, etc., you need to have the 1/2" layer of rock underneath for fire protection. It seems like this must come up all the time with kitchen islands, though. I've got plenty of spare metal flex conduit lying around so I could do it all that way if it pleases the NEC.

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Yes. You can do as you propose. Make sure it is not positioned anywhere a nail or screw can damage it.

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I have never heard of NM cable requiring fire protection. Only stuff like foam insulation which gives off toxic fumes when it burns requries the drywall covering.
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