05:14PM | 04/20/05
Member Since: 04/19/05
7 lifetime posts
HI, I installed a couple of walls in my basement. I have some wiring from a switch and a plug that goes up the stud with a hole drilled in the top hozizontal stud with a nail plate. From there I ran the wire right under the joists of the house and the foundation top. There is about a 4 to 5 inch space there. Is that OK or should I have come up through the top horizontal stud of the wall and drill through each joist and pull the wire through the hole? I could find no info on this and I hope I am clear in my discription.


10:06PM | 04/21/05
Member Since: 05/11/03
62 lifetime posts
You need to check with your local electrical inspector, or building official as to the code in your area as they can vary. Generally your description of the installation should be OK as long as you intend the area to remain open (not be drywalled). If you intend to finish the area you need to drill the joist and install the wires into the joist (min. of 1.25 inches of wood on the exposed side). Be careful not to drill to large a hole very far out from the wall because you can weaken the floor joists.

Jim Simmons
WA State Master Electrician

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