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Electrical Junction Box Access


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing Electrical Wiring and Junction Boxes – Electrical Code for How Many Wires in Junction Boxes – There is always the possibility that electrical wiring connections or splices could become faulty so the required access is necessary perform inspections an repairs as needed.

Why Electrical Junction Boxes Must be Accessible

Electrical Question: Can an electrical junction box be buried in a wall or a ceiling without any access at all?

This electrical wiring question came from: Salvatore, a Homeowner from Santa Ana, CA

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Salvatore.

Installing Electrical Wiring and Junction Boxes
Salvatore,  a junction box cannot be buried in a wall or a ceiling. Junction boxes must be installed only where they will be accessible. There is always the possibility that electrical wiring connections or splices could become faulty so the required access is necessary perform inspections an repairs as needed.

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2 Responses to “Electrical Junction Box Access”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Steve,
    A junction box does not have to be visible necessarily, whereas insulation may cover the box, however the concern is that the box may be accessible to perform any work or check the wiring. If a standard indoor junction box is located in a sheltered area such as an attic or crawl space then the position is not a factor as long as the box is still accessible to do work.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Steve says:

    Is it considered “accessible” if junction box is in attic or crawl space? But can readily be seen following wires (in line of sight). Also is there a rule that junction boxes should be vertical or horizontal, or is best accessibility 1st consideration?