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In an unfinished basement do have to use conduit when wiring receptacles, or can I screw pieces of 1x4 wood to the concrete and then just staple the romex to it. Then the romex going through a romex connector into a handy box. Can this romex be exposed like this?

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Some people say yes, around my parts (WI) that would not fly. Remember, all receptacles in an unfinished basement must be GFI protected.

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In an unfinished basement do have to use conduit when wiring receptacles, or can I screw pieces of 1x4 wood to the concrete and then just staple the romex to it. Then the romex going through a romex connector into a handy box. Can this romex be exposed like this?
Goes both ways. If the romex will be subjected to physical damage, then conduit is needed. Otherwise, staple it down the board. Avoid putting more than one cable in a handy box as boxfill is a consideration.
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In an unfinished basement do have to use conduit when wiring receptacles, or can I screw pieces of 1x4 wood to the concrete and then just staple the romex to it. Then the romex going through a romex connector into a handy box. Can this romex be exposed like this?
You can sleeve the romex thru the EMT for the vertical drop to the box
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Hammer, you say I CAN run it in conduit, But do I HAVE to run in in conduit? Is it permissable by code to have the romex exposed leading down to the box, just stapled to a 1x4 strip of wood?
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Call your local inspector office. This is an area that's solely up to the inspectors definition of subject to physical damage
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Is it permissable by code to have the romex exposed leading down to the box, just stapled to a 1x4 strip of wood?

Horizontall speaking...If you're not using bored holes, or cable 6-2, 8-3, or larger, then running the cable on running boards is the only acceptable exposed NM wiring method in an unfinished basement or crawlspace.

but as Andrew suggested talk to local inspector about doing that on a vertical surface.
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