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smohamed9 04-03-2010 11:39 PM

Securing Electrical Outlet in Unfinished Room - Cement
Hello everyone,

My fiance and I just purchased a home, and I've started my diy adventure in the laundry area. It is a unfinished room in the basement, with what seems like cement as walls, with the upper part of the room showing the joists that run across and the main floor above. I thought about finishing this room, but it already narrow and adding the extra studs would just decrease the size. We don't mind how it looks, but want to secure a few things first.

The previous home owner has all their wiring in the joist area and then ran it down the cement wall to make their connections. However, they don't have any of their outlet boxes secured to anything (either the wall or a 2x4 piece or something) so they are dangling by the wire itself. I did have a few questions.

1. What is the best way to have these outlets secured? My thought was to run a 2x4 "stud" (or something wider) and fasten it width wise to the wall. This way I can mount an outlet box either for the washer or dryer onto the wood "stud"

Any ideas?

2. There is also piping that runs through the room, and I don't want to have the wiring interfering with this. Is it reasonable to run the wiring in conduit? I'm talking about a run for a dryer and one looks like #12 for the washer. I know this part may take a bit more planning than I thought, but just in case.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much!

AllanJ 04-04-2010 06:44 AM

You can also use concrete anchors to secure the boxes directly to the wall. Drilling into the wall is needed. A screw is one of the components of a concrete anchor kit and you would need a round head screw to not have sharp edges in the box.

They make decorative strip molding to cover the wire coming down from the ceiling, or you can use Wiremold (tm). Or you can use ordinary conduit.

smohamed9 04-04-2010 08:53 AM

So my options are using the wood as support or to put it directly into the concrete? Sounds like a plan.

I appreciate your reply back.

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