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blakstarr 11-24-2008 11:29 AM

Re-routing wires in attic
 
I am installing an attic ladder and need to re-route a few wires that are passing directly over the chosen space. The wires are 2 romex, 1 Electric range wire (6 gauge I believe), and a blue cord (garage door opener?) I basically need to add about 5 feet of wire length to each so that I can re-route the 4 wires. What is the proper way of doing this? Can I just splice and use wire connectors? Is there a specific wire connector I need? Do I need a box to house the connection points?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Blake

TazinCR 11-24-2008 12:03 PM

You have to use boxes for the splices and I would use either split bolts or what we call domino connectors for the #6 wire. Wire nuts are fine if you get the proper size.

blakstarr 11-24-2008 12:30 PM

Re-routing wires in attic
 
Thanks Tazin,

What type of box should I use? As you can tell I am a novice.

Thanks,

Blake

Termite 11-24-2008 01:18 PM

Plastic junction boxes are fairly DIYer friendly. The metal stuff is a cleaner install, but gets a little more involved. You cannot have splices in the wires unless they're in a box with an appropriate box cover. I'd suggest getting one box per splice to make sure you have room. Secure the boxes to framing members (they make several kinds that will make this easy with no modifications to the box).

Go to an electrical supply house (not a box store) and speak with an expert that can sell you the boxes and covers you need, as well as the connectors. Asking for electrical help at a box store or hardware store is pretty much like playing Russian roulette.

Any wires within 6' of the attic opening must be protected from physical damage (such as abrasion or being used as for someone's stability). It is best to keep wires as far away from the opening as practical.

blakstarr 11-24-2008 01:46 PM

Re-routing wires in attic
 
KC,

Thanks for your help. I also built a floor/runway in the center of the attic. Do wires need to be a set length away from floor/runway as well?
I have some running under the floor and next to the floor.

Or does the 6' feet way only apply to the opening?

Thanks,

Blake

joed 11-24-2008 02:44 PM

The boxes must remian accessible. They can not be buried under the floor.

blakstarr 11-24-2008 02:47 PM

Re-routing wires in attic
 
Thanks Joe D,

I understand the boxes cant be under the floor, but the wire can be right?

Blake

jamiedolan 11-24-2008 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blakstarr (Post 189594)
Thanks Joe D,

I understand the boxes cant be under the floor, but the wire can be right?

Blake

Yes. In General Romex style wire always needs to be proteted from physical damage in some way, either running inbetween the joists or in holes drilled through the joists.

Jamie

Termite 11-24-2008 04:06 PM

Romex can be ran willy-nilly in areas that aren't subject to foot traffic, and thereby subject to physical damage. In an attic I see no reason to drill through anything to route romex. In areas where it is close to the floor use 2x2's adjacent to it wherever it could get abraded, stepped on or tripped over. If you have a dedicated walking surface in the attic (a path or whatever), romex should be reasonably protected around the path. The 6' dimension only applies to attic access scuttle holes/attic stairs however.

jamiedolan 11-24-2008 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 189624)
Romex can be ran willy-nilly in areas that aren't subject to foot traffic,

Does this mean you can even forgo the wire staples in said areas?


Jamie

kbsparky 11-24-2008 05:57 PM

Nope. It is still required to be strapped or fastened in place.


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