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timchi29 01-01-2011 09:55 AM

Whip through cabinet
I am installed a recessed light above the kitchen sink and it is OK in install a whip cable through the cabinets? I need to cut through the kitchen cabinets (5" or so) to get from the hollow space above the sink to the wall to get to the the switch? Is that any type of hazard? I would think not since the power swith for the dishwasher is under the sink cabinet.


gregzoll 01-01-2011 12:10 PM

What do you mean by whip? Are you talking about Romex ran through the cabinets? I would just drop the "Switch Leg" down the wall from the attic. Hot feed would go to the light, then Romex would go to the switch box to turn off and on the light. If still wanting to go through the cabinets, use Armored cable, not Romex.

timchi29 01-01-2011 07:53 PM

the metallic flexible conduit that has a black, white and greem. The 2nd floor is above the kitchen so no attic. Romex is not aloud where I live.

joed 01-01-2011 08:02 PM

Where do you live? You obviously have some specific codes that don't allow romex. If you are in Chicago armoured cable may not be allowed either. Only conduit.

timchi29 01-01-2011 09:27 PM

Chicagoland. I can use the metal flex up to 6' only.

gregzoll 01-01-2011 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by timchi29 (Post 560685)
Chicagoland. I can use the metal flex up to 6' only.

Hopefully you have union work doing the electrical, and accidentally dropping some cash filled envelopes. My BIL lives in Lake County, and found out the hard way, how bad contractors are up that way, because his basement still leaks like a sieve, even though the hacks that did the foundation and concrete work, still can't get it right.

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