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Old 04-29-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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Proper way to change direction


I am wiring for some pot lights. I am running 14-2 wire from the first pot light back to the switch. The ceiling joists run perpendicular to the switch wall. I bored through the ceiling joists from the pot light and now my wire needs to make a 90* turn to go to the switch. My question is how to support this wire in the joist bay properly. In other words, can I staple the wire onto the opposite joist from where the wire came in (bored hole) and then run the wire to the switch.

PS: I didn't just run the wire from the pot light in the same joist bay because the wall that the switch is on is where a lot of heating ducts and plumbing stacks live.

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Old 04-29-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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Stapling it in place is fine.
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Btw, you might want to look up any local codes to see if they have specific guidelines for where you drill your holes in the joists and how high above the bottom of the joist that you run your wire.
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Stapling as describes is acceptable.

Did you install a shield over each joist where you drilled , to prevent someone in the future from nailing up into a wire?

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The holes were bored in the middle of the joists putting them 3-4" above the bottom of the joist. No shields required. Good point, though.

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Take the length of the joist, divide it into three equal lengths, don't drill in the center third. That's the standard for structural integrity AFAIK.
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