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Old 03-02-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Locating/ finding electrical conduit in studs?


I want to mount some cabinets to a bedroom wall, and I'd like to know if there's a standard elevation (like floor + 36") at which conduit is run in walls.

I have a 10 y/o house, and would like to mount cabs about 6' off the floor. I have a stud-finder (other than the one at the end of my arm), but it's not the one that will indicate electrical service presence.
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Do you know you have conduit and not NM/romex cable in the walls?

Wiring can be run horizonatal or verticle, depending on how it worked out best to do it. Typically wiring runs horizontally outlet to outlet. Switches can have multiple runs from below, above, or a nearby outlet. Basement or attic access can be viewed to maybe get an idea.
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Thanks for the reply -

Is romex more common in a 10 y/o house?

The room is a second story (same floor as the attic). There are no switches on the wall, which is an exterior wall (if that makes a difference). There's one 110 outlet, and one 110 outlet on the adjacent wall...that's why I'm guessing the outlets are ganged together in a run that's about 2' off the floor.

Is this a possibly wrong assumption?

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Do you know you have conduit and not NM/romex cable in the walls?

Wiring can be run horizonatal or verticle, depending on how it worked out best to do it. Typically wiring runs horizontally outlet to outlet. Switches can have multiple runs from below, above, or a nearby outlet. Basement or attic access can be viewed to maybe get an idea.
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Your guess is probably correct,the wiring is likely only in the lower section of that wall-----------California is a Romex state--Towns may require conduit,look in an open area--Do you see white wires or silver tubing?

There is nothing wrong with romex,cuts down the cost of building a house--Mike--
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Yes, it's likely to be romex and your guess is probably correct that it runs horizontally at about 2' - and if running down the wall to the outlets, it's against the side of the studs so you would not hit it when nailing/screwing to the studs.
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