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Old 08-22-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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I have some remex coming from my floor joists. What’s the best way to secure the wires that run along the panel (the 12ga on the sides)? Would some zip ties anchored to the concrete bet sufficient?

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I have some remex coming from my floor joists. What’s the best way to secure the wires that run along the panel (the 12ga on the sides)? Would some zip ties anchored to the concrete bet sufficient?

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Yes, I know there is a typo in the title, but I don't think I can change it now.
Plywood behind the panel would have helped greatly, would have given you a nice surface to staple to... You need straps along the top as well... within 12" of the panel. Do whatever you have to to secure the cables...


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They didnít put plywood behind the panel when they built the house, although it would have been nice. I donít mind putting a couple anchors through the concrete. - It isnít much to drill some holes.
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They didnít put plywood behind the panel when they built the house, although it would have been nice. I donít mind putting a couple anchors through the concrete. - It isnít much to drill some holes.
you can use tyraps with the holes in them to secure the cables...

Personally, whoever did that install.... eh... not pretty.
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You could mount a piece of 2x4 flat against the wall and staple the wires to it.

I would also move the cables into the sides up to the top of the panel.
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you can use tyraps with the holes in them to secure the cables...

Personally, whoever did that install.... eh... not pretty.

Whatís not pretty about it? The four 12ga romex, or the whole thing?
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What’s not pretty about it? The four 12ga romex, or the whole thing?
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but its pretty ugly as it stands, but could be made a lot nicer with proper strapping... I would have a hard time walking away from that and then sending someone a bill.
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You could mount a piece of 2x4 flat against the wall and staple the wires to it.

I would also move the cables into the sides up to the top of the panel.
I would move the cables on the sides to the top, but all of the knockouts are full on the very top. The top on the sides have knockouts for 1Ē or greater. I could move the cables up slightly, but it would only be a few inches or so.

I don't mind making it look a little more neat with some suggestions (baring ripping the whole thing out).
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That doesn't look like enough cables to use all the KOs on the top. Also many cable clamps are good for two cables.
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My setup was kind of a mess when I moved in. Especially the coax cable that looked like a ratsnest at the upper left corner of the panel near the signal amplifier.

I mounted a piece of plywood to the adjacent wall and moved the signal amplifier and phone modem to it along with some power adaptors. Not saying mine is the best it could be but looks better than before.

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Try to make it look like this....
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Try to make it look like this....
I thought you weren't supposed to wire tie wires together into bunches....or is that just in the box?
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I thought you weren't supposed to wire tie wires together into bunches....or is that just in the box?
In the scenario in the picture, i'm under the derating requirement, so its a non issue...
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You can either slide plywood behind it or just cut wood into a u shape and slide it around it before fastening it to the wall.

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