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OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: May 01, 2020 11:07PM
I have an opportunity to run some wire for future outlet in a kitchen. The wall has been opened up to repair water leaks and I was thinking of running romax and bundling it up where the future outlet might be. Is that allowed or goes it need to be a conduit or something else? Also there are a few studs with holes already drilled for other electrical lines, can I run the romax through those? Thanks



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/2020 11:08PM by pqrst.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 01, 2020 11:44PM
Yes, legal.



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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: May 02, 2020 12:11AM
Depends on local code. Probably OK in most places. Metal conduit and boxes required in Illinois.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: May 02, 2020 12:14AM
Depending on the locale (there could be more stringent requirements), the wire may need to be fastened to the studs within 1 foot of the outlet location and then every 4.5 feet between.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 02, 2020 12:16AM
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 02, 2020 12:39AM
What MikeF said. I follow local code when doing any remodeling and opening up walls. If the wall is open, why not do it right or semi right. Conduit is over doing it just a little. On that note, I’ve run it three - four feet to a TV for aesthetics.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 02, 2020 04:13AM
Just make sure the run is tight & secured (cable staples) before closing up the wall.
This is the staple I use...



ps: any runs thru studs should have nail plates on the drywall side of each stud.



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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: May 02, 2020 06:32AM
Tight, not pinched. A little slip is good.




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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: May 02, 2020 09:06AM
If the business end is hooked up, universal building code says it would need to at least terminate in a junction box of some kind that’s accessible. Not sure if both ends are free.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 02, 2020 10:20AM
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I have an opportunity to run some wire for future outlet in a kitchen. The wall has been opened up to repair water leaks and I was thinking of running romax and bundling it up where the future outlet might be. Is that allowed or goes it need to be a conduit or something else? Also there are a few studs with holes already drilled for other electrical lines, can I run the romax through those? Thanks

How would you bundle it up and get to it again if the bundle is behind the wall? Just install the new outlet now. Use the existing stud holes if you can. I’d drill new holes alongside the existing ones (safely!) before I carved out studs and used those metal protection plates ... someone could still put a future nail in the drywall and puncture the romex when it’s that close to the backside of the wall.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 02, 2020 10:38AM
and use 12gauge wires, NOT 14gauge.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 02, 2020 10:45AM
I believe code requires that you put nail plates wherever romex passes through a stud.




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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 02, 2020 11:50AM
Local codes prevail.
Been decades since conduit wasn't required here.
Head out towards the desert, and pretty much anything goes.
Big differences from county to county, and city to city.
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Re: OT: romax ok behind drywall?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: May 02, 2020 01:10PM
Thanks for the suggestions. It is part of covid lock down fixer upper work on a kitchen remodel.
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