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Old 11-23-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Have a finished basement where the paneling is connected to furring strips then right to masonry. They ran reg ol romex to outlets along wall. Is this ok or would armored cable/outdoor cable work better? I plan to extend circuit above drop down ceiling too. Can't offer any guarantees on any moisture issues behind paneling and I'm not about to rip it down to find out because then I'm having to refinish entire basement.

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If its dry, Romex is fine.

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As long the wall is dry the standard romex cable can be used without issue.

A nice tip find a spot where you will not see where the damaged mark is and make a small hole near the bottom of the finshed basement wall and if you see any moistore or mold then you have issue but how wide it spread out that is a question but as long the basement is dry and clean I doubt it.

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As far as I can tell, the wall is dry. That being said, you never know what the future holds. As I understand it, Bx cable would need to be used in a dry location too, so if I'm really worried about moisture being a problem then I should use outdoor romex. Sound right? I guess I'm thinking about this more as a precautionary measure.
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Even if the wall becomes wet later, you will have major problems long before the wirng becomes an issue.
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Even if the wall becomes wet later, you will have major problems long before the wirng becomes an issue.
Jbfan is correct and with wet wall it will become major issue before wiring issue will crop up unless you have serious breach on the wall.

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Thanks to you both! Makes sense. Sounds like I can just save time and money and use regular romex.

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