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Installing Attic Electrical Wiring

Is it standard for electrical wiring to be strung in a disorderly fashion in the attic? Methods of Proper Attic Electrical Wiring.


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Electrical Question: Is it standard for electrical wiring to be strung in a disorderly fashion in the attic?
I recently relocated my cable wires which required my going to the attic. Once up there, I noticed that all the electrical wires were all over the place. They were not tied down to anything in any organized manner. Is this safe? Should this be corrected? Your help is greatly appreciated.

This electrical question came from: Raul, a Handyman from Moreno, Texas.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Raul.

Attic Electrical Wiring

Application: Electrical Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits and Extension Cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Methods of Proper Attic Electrical Wiring

Raul, no this is not a standard practice and is most likely the result of improper installation of electrical attic wiring. The attic wiring should be protected and secured to ceiling joists or other wood structural supports. Yes, this should be corrected and it would be good to have the wiring and all the circuit connections inspected as well.

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