Re: Rewiring older home
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Question 1: 12/2 isn't normally or reasonably used for common wiring in residential usage and it's not reasonably used in residential because no residential quick connects will fit it. But, you'll need to check with your local building codes to confirm what's required. Some structures, mostly former commercial ones, do require 12 gauge. 14/2 is common. Buy an “Ugly” book at your local hardware store ,(no, I'm not making that name up) it'll tell you all the codes you need to know.
Question 2: There is no approved method that I've ever heard of for splicing anywhere without a box.
Question 3: Any romex into a box needs to be stapled within 8” in my region, but, again, you'd want to check local codes.
Question 4: In my region, horizontal runs don't require fasteners but any adjacent vertical runs do within 8” of the hole in the stud and within 8” of the box, no exceptions. It's one of those things that does change by region but hardly. If you're a homeowner electrician, be particularly code compliant.. They'll nail you for pretty much anything.
Question 5: Can't bury a box in anything. It must be exposed and securely fastened.
Question 6: Inspectors normally look at the six foot rule within reasonable limits. If it doesn't make sense to put an outlet at a location, they rarely expect you to. As to the second part of that question; New wiring is always required to conform to all recent codes. There is no grandfathering rule for electrical.
Electrical codes vary by region so always check your local codes. And, an ****** forum is a great place for advice but it's no subsitute for building codes.
Last edited by KKelly; 04-26-2009 at 02:07 PM.
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