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  1. Electrical
    Hey all, I'm adding a 60A sub panel directly next to a main panel and will be connecting the two with a 3 inch rigid nipple. The panels are exterior but recessed between studs. My question is, I have some 6/3 romex on hand and I only need about 4 feet of 6awg wire to power the subpanel. Can I...
  2. Electrical
    Hi folks, I'm installing a cove heater with a rear knockout about 5 inches from the ceiling and 8 inches from the stud. The feed is MC and the box is steel. A four-foot run of 3/8" flex is installed from the thermostat box directly up the stud, then over and out through the drywall. Access...
  3. Electrical
    While working on some stuff I noticed an 8-8-8 (w/ ground) service entrance cable being used in a regular branch circuit. Never seen this before, is there anything in the NEC that prohibits the use of SE cable in regular branch circuits? Should this be replaced with some 8/3 romex / nm-b cable...
  4. Electrical
    I want to put in an 70 amp subpanel on my second floor. It's about a 55ft run from the basement panel. Initially I thought #4 romex would be sufficient (I see they limit the romex to 60°C now and Table 310.15(b)(16) shows that #4 is max 70a at that temp), but all the #4 romex I can find has a...
  5. Electrical
    I have replaced outlets, switches, fixtures, but have not added anything to existing romex. I would like to mount a tv to the wall. Stud finder showed no studs, so I opened the wall and added some. I noticed the romex and I thought before I drywall I should look into adding an outlet right...
  6. Electrical
    Hello DIY Chatroom. This is my first post, and I'm looking for feedback on some wiring I have put in. I am by no means an electrician, and I plan to have it inspected, but ahead of that, I wanted to ask the community for your take. I am asking you to pick apart what I did and find all the...
  7. Electrical
    Bottom line, what is your best advice for bringing "exposed" but properly protected) NM into a flush-mounted service panel? I'm looking to install a generator interlock on my service panel and am working out wiring the generator inlet to the new breaker. The 10/3 running from the generator...
  8. Electrical
    I had an inspector tell me that some exposed romex cables in my home need to be covered in order to pass inspection. Attached to this post are images that show a few situations where the romex cables are exposed. In particular going into a garbage disposal, my dishwasher, and a cabinet above...
  9. Electrical
    I am having my handyman doing some electrical work for me at the house. After he disconnected some outlets and reconnected new and old romex wires, the garage lights are not working any longer. I am getting 60 V between hot and neutral when the switch is on and 38 V when the switch is...
  10. Painting
    Hi... advice needed. I want to paint the exposed beams / subfloor on our basement ceiling. The wooden beams are very dirty, and there is the usual mess of black iron heating pipes, water supply and sewer pipes, romex and ductwork. This is obviously a job for a paint sprayer, but my questions...
  11. Electrical
    Hello: In residential construction using wood stick framing in Ontario, Canada, when a cable (say, romex 14/2) passes through the top plate in a wall into the attic, should the hole be plugged with foam or otherwise to prevent mice from entering the walls of the house? Is it okay for the...
  12. Electrical
    We are doing a rehab/weatherization project on a house in NE Oregon (temps -20 to 90F) and are waiting on some contractors to get started on insulating and siding the house; its down to framing/studs. We have run 12/2 Romex on a flat wall exterior (studs were laid flat vs short edge) and...
  13. Electrical
    The main wiring of our house is this really old green romex cable. (attached) Please tell me any information there is to know about this cable.
  14. Electrical
    Hello, I'm hoping that someone can provide a suggestion for a NM clamp that will work in this situation. This metal conduit is going to a ceiling fixture. I'm looking for a method to secure the cable as it enters the box. I attached a picture to illustrate. Thank you in advance.
  15. Electrical
    Hello - I know this topic has been covered before, but I can't seem to figure out how the NEC code applies. I have an accessible attic, and I'm running 12/2 ROMEX up from my garage wall to a ceiling outlet for my garage door opener. As I exit the wall in the attic I need to run across some...
  16. Electrical
    I'm running 12/2 throughout my garage from a sub-panel in my basement. I have a couple of drill holes 5/8" wide from the sub panel into the garage. Is it ok to put some silicone or spray foam insulation to fill the gap in the hole around the romex? I just want to prevent air and/or critters...
  17. Electrical
    Hello, I have a silly question ... I'm running new 12AWG in my garage to metal boxes and the clamps are different on some of the receptacle boxes. Some simply push against the cable to keep it place, and others have the clamp in the attached image. Can this be used with ROMEX, or is this for...
  18. Electrical
    I'm working on a plan to do electrical rough-in in a remodel and realized that it would be very convenient to bore a smallish (maybe only 1/2" - 5/8") hole in a set of tripled 2x4s under an LVL beam (thus making them a column, I assume). I've read of course about being able to do a 40% bore on...
  19. Electrical
    Hi All, My husband and I are having to replace some Romex that led from a fuse box, some 300' to a trailer water heater. It was 3 wire #12. Although it worked with the water heater just fine for many years--the element in it was rated 3800 watts--we know the Romex should be #10, especially...
  20. Electrical
    Hi! When doing renovations a couple of years ago on my bungalow, I ran a 2.5" conduit from the unfinished basement to the attic. I did this with the idea that I could run some NM (Romex type) wire from my electric box to ceiling locations (in one blog, an electrician referred to this kind...
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