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JRO

09:48AM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 03/19/02
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Bvelectrical
I am currently finishing a basement, and we are going to lay brick for two of the walls in the family room. My question is how to run electrical and TV cables between the concrete exterior walls and the interior brick walls. Are there any special codes or considerations?

GlennG

10:43AM | 03/20/02
First off the code for your area may not be same as it is in mine. Contact your local building inspections office with any code related questions.

That being said, tv cable does not carry high voltage so you can basically do what you want with it. It should, however, be grounded where it enters the house through a grounding block, to prevent lightning from entering the house.

Even if your code doesn’t require it I would suggest running all the wires between the brick and exterior walls in conduit. This will make any future alterations or repairs that much easier. If you run conduit keep in mind you cannot run tv cable (or any other low voltage wires) in the same conduit or electrical box with wires carrying house current (or other high voltage). They must be kept separate.


[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited March 20, 2002).]

[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited March 20, 2002).]

rpxlpx

04:36AM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
fyi: If you tv cable, phone wires, and other "signal" cables are too close to the house AC wiring, you can expect electrical noise and interference. They should be kept a few inches apart.
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