Running 6/3 cable-do I need conduit?
I want to the rough wiring for a new electric range. I will use 6/3 cable on a 50 amp circuit. I want to run the cable across my attic joists. I could cut holes in the joists, but I would prefer not to disturb the integrity of the joists. Therefore, I will run the cable on top of the joists. Do I need to put that cable in conduit? Where the range is, natuarlly the cable will be protected in the wall. If I need conduit, can I just use it for the area where the cable would be exposed in the attic? If I need conduit, what type do I use? Can I get by with that flexible blue stuff that nobody here seems to like? Thanks.
You can lay it across the studs. I'm assuming your using 6-3 romex. I like to run my on roof joists so its not burried in insulation and I don't walk on them, but you can do it either way.
You also shouldn't run any romex in conduit.
Thanks, Integlikewhoa, for the fast response. I assume that the same advice hold for running 10/3 Romex for a dryer circuit? Just staple it to the tops of the joists and don't walk on it?
I have seen in print that you don't run Romex through conduit, but I have never seen an explanation. Do you know why? Does the Romex sheath reduce the flexibility and make it difficult to run in conduit?
NM can be installed in conduit, also read this...
334.23 In Accessible AtticsThe installation of cable in accessible attics or roof spaces shall also comply with 320.23.
320.23 In Accessible Attics
(A) Where Run Across the Top of Floor Joists
Where run across the top of floor joists,
or within 2.1 m (7 ft) of floor or floor joists across the face of rafters or studding, in attics
and roof spaces that are accessible, the cable shall be protected by substantial guard strips
that are at least as high as the cable. Where this space is not accessible by permanent
stairs or ladders, protection shall only be required within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the nearest edge
of the scuttle hole or attic entrance.
In accessible attics, Type AC cable installed across the top of floor joists or within 7 ft
of the floor or floor joists across the face of rafters or studs must be protected by guard
strips. Where the attic is not accessible by a permanent ladder or stairs, guard strips are
required only within 6 ft of the scuttle hole or opening.
(B) Cable Installed Parallel to Framing Members
Where the cable is installed parallel
to the sides of rafters, studs, or floor joists, neither guard strips nor running boards shallbe required, and the installation shall also comply with 300.4(D).
I don't understand what guard strips are. Can I get these at Home Depot or Lowe's?
Instead of two 1X boards, could I run the cable close to an outside wall and use one 1X board? Thanks.
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