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Old 03-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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I am getting ready to put down a subfloor in my attic and I have ran into a problem. There is a group of wires running across the middle 1/3 of two joists. I know its agaisnt code to notch in this area and was wondering if anybody had any suggestions. There are probably 8 wires including the 220 for the heat exchange. The joists are 2x12s, 16" OC, 20' span. Any help is appreciated.


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Old 03-06-2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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We'll go on the assumption that the ceiling joists that make up the attic floor are spanned adequately for use as a floor system....

You could install 1x2 or 2x2 furring strips on the top of the joists to raise the floor level up a little. Just use some metal plates to protect your wires!


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If you cannot use the strips idea then but a junction box at each end and drill through the joists to reconnect. This is a much harder task then adding the strips. Which will also stabilize the floor a little.
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