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Old 02-24-2019, 08:51 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone!

My first time on this forum and I'm hoping you guys can provide some insight. I just moved into a new apartment in NYC. I wanted to upgrade all my breakers to AFCI and when I opened the electric box to see how everything looks and noticed that one of the circuits is on a Romex line. The Romex runs into the breaker box and is connected to a breaker.

It is my understanding that only BX is allowed in high stories NYC homes. I'm assuming the reasons for that is to prevent any accidental penetration of the wire when nailing/screwing something into the wall. Also to prevent rodents from eating through the wire. Is there any other reason anyone knows of?

If i do install an AFCI breaker on the Romex line, will the breaker protect me in case the Romex does get compromised at any point?

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I have no idea why NYC requires BX. Could be a union thing like Chicago requiring conduit.

AFCI will work fine on Romex cables. That's how they do it everywhere else.
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The breaker has no idea what type of wiring it is protecting.
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The question arises: why are you doing electrical work in a dwelling you do not own?
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I agree with "brric". If you are renting this apartment you can not make any changes to the electrical. It must be done by a licensed contractor/electrician hired by the owner of the apartment complex.


If you do make any changes either yourself or by you hiring an electrician and something goes wrong you will be liable for any and all damages along with any possible injuries to persons. I don't think you want that liability.


This is a very bad idea.


The best thing to do is discuss this with the landlord and not do anything.
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