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Old 04-09-2008, 02:18 AM   #1
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Rules for wiring inside the attic


Do all multi wire connections inside the attic need to be inside a metal box?

Does all wiring have to follow the framing or can I make short cuts?

Any other golden rules I should follow?

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From what I understand ALL splices or connections must be in an approved box which also needs to be accessible at all times. Meaning they cannot be covered over with any wood, drywall or such materials.

Also I believe where and how it is run in the attic depends on what access there is to the attic. Is it a walk-up, or is there just an access space you have to crawl through?

I'm sure you'll get many responses from the great electricians here shortly as well.

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Yes, ANY AND ALL splices for interior wiring MUST be made in a proper junction box that remains accessable at all times.
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From what I understand ALL splices or connections must be in an approved box which also needs to be accessible at all times. Meaning they cannot be covered over with any wood, drywall or such materials.

Also I believe where and how it is run in the attic depends on what access there is to the attic. Is it a walk-up, or is there just an access space you have to crawl through?

I'm sure you'll get many responses from the great electricians here shortly as well.
It's just an access space.
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Rules for wiring inside the attic


Wiring in the attic is allowed to be non-metallic cable (NM cable), assuming that NM cable is allowed in your area. It is allowed in most areas of the US. The fact that the attic gets hot (or cold) does not matter. However, it is imnportant that the cable (actually the individuals wires that make up the cable) be the correct gage for the circuit. A 20 amp circuit requires 12 gage wire, a 15 amp circuit requires 14 gage wire.




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