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Old 01-05-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Wire plates to protect wire in wall? Do I need staples on horizontal runs?

I have a wall that is the interior wall of an office and the outside wall of a playroom. I'm running outlets for both sides of the wall and the code says the wire should be 1 1/4 from the surface which seems really close. Is this okay or do I need plates to protect the wire?

Same wall is 8' long, do I need staples along the part that runs horizontally through the holes?


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Old 01-05-2014, 07:17 AM   #2
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Staples are not needed when the wiring runs through bored holes.

The 1 1/4 inches from the surface is the minimum distance. Holes drilled in the center of a 2x4 would not need a plate.


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If your using 1-1/4 drywall screws and you have 1/2 drywall on the wall the screws only going into the wood about 3/4".
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