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    Default Electrical through a cold air return

    Hi,

    I am doing a reno on a 30 year old house. We are remodeling the kitchen and putting in Ikea cabinets. We moved the stove against a wall where there is a cold air return duct and I want to put the electrical box on that wall, but need to enter the duct to run the cable straight up to the new box.

    Can this be done?

    The stove is against that wall as per the drawings. I am running NM cable... should I run BX?

    thanks,

    Swaff -)

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    Default Re: Electrical through a cold air return

    Oh, and the cable will be pushed through the beams in the basement into the duct line. No electrical wire will actually touch the metal duct!

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    Default Re: Electrical through a cold air return

    Pretty sure no building codes will allow wire in ducts.
    Last edited by ed21; 11-22-2013 at 09:32 AM.

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    Default Re: Electrical through a cold air return

    Please ignore the reply from hannahmd(who is a spammer) and contact your local building inspector or a home inspector. My home inspector was none too pleased to find wiring and a gas lline in my air return, and I am actually removing it soon which leaves me with the issue of plugging the holes. and making them airtight.
    I highly doubt a licensed electrician would run the line thgrough the return, so consider that if you want to do it.
    It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.

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    Default Re: Electrical through a cold air return

    Follow ed21 and function suggestions.

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    Default Re: Electrical through a cold air return

    The only return "ducts" that allow for pipes and wires are in commercial settings where the entire space above the ceiling is one huge return air duct.

    In my fair city there are NO pipes or wires allowed in residential ducting.

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