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Old 04-17-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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I want to run a new circuit from the service panel to a bathroom which is two floors above. I would like to use Romex. At a local Home Depot on two separate occasions, the salespeople advised me to use BX instead. One told me "it is stronger" (no argument there), another told me "it offers better protection against rodents" (!!??) I would imagine anyone with such an infestation would be better off investing in pest control before electrical.

Anyhow, is anyone familiar with New York, specifically, New York City electrical code as far as Romex in terms of home-running it from a service panel ? Thanks.
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Normally I would say use NM cable. But NYC has some special rules. NM used to be banned but I think they have made some changes to the code. You will have to wait for someone with NYC code info to confirm what is allowed. The home run has nothing to do with it.
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Back in the days when I lived in New York City, which is over 30 years ago, BX was required on the theory I suppose that rats could not chew through BX. I have no idea what the current rules are, maybe NY has reached the 20th century by now and allows Romex, but you best check with the electrical inspector. Unless of course you plan to do this without a permit, in which case why are you asking about the rules anyway?
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Just found this in the NYC code on their website. I think this is from 1999.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/model/oldcode.shtml
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/elamend.pdf

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Originally Posted by NYC Code

336-4. Uses Permitted. Type NM, Type NMC, and Type NMS cables shall be
permitted to be used in the following:
(1) One- and two-family dwellings
(2) Multifamily dwellings, except as prohibited in Section 336-5
(3) Cable trays, where the cables are identified for the use
FPN: See Section 310-10 for temperature limitation of conductors.
(a) Type NM. Type NM cable shall be permitted for concealed work in normally
dry locations. It shall be permissible to install or fish Type NM cable in air voids
in masonry block or tile walls where such walls are not exposed or subject to
excessive moisture or dampness.
(b) Type NMC. Type NMC cable shall be permitted as follows:
(1) For concealed work in dry, moist, damp, or corrosive locations
(2) In outside and inside walls of masonry block or tile
(3) In a shallow chase in masonry, concrete, or adobe protected against nails or
screws by a steel plate at least 1/16-in. (1.59-mm) thick, and covered with plaster,
adobe, or similar finish
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(c) Type NMS. Type NMS cable shall be permitted for concealed work in
normally dry locations. It shall be permissible to install or fish Type NMS cable
in air voids in masonry block or tile walls where such walls are not exposed or
subject to excessive moisture or dampness. Type NMS cable shall be used as
permitted in Article 780
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Thank you for the intel.
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