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Old 08-12-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Romex on basement wall to panel

I want to run Romex from a j-box, that is in the ceiling of my basement, to the main panel. I know that I can run Romex from the box along the face of the joist (not the bottom), but what are my options once the Romex gets to the wall? The joist I am using, conveniently enough, meets the wall ideally for where the panel is. However, I've read that I need to run the Romex through EMT, or some form of conduit.

If you look at the picture I've attached, the panel is mounted on a piece of plywood that extends out underneath the joist. Can I just staple the Romex to the plywood and then run it into the panel without using any conduit? The cast iron pipe makes using any conduit quite a problem.

The cable you see is MC Lite, but I want to replace it with Romex. There are going to be up to 9 more lines coming into the panel this very way.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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You will be fine without EMT


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I thought that I would be. I am curious as to what the NEC says about it.
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If you are pulling Romex, just need to staple at the joist as it turns down into the panel, or at the top of the plywood panel. BTW, it would be your local licensing authority, not the NEC that would have say in how to secure the Romex, and if it is allowed in your area.
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