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Safe Electrical Wiring Methods for Garages

Is it OK to run Romex wire through and along studs in a garage if I am not installing drywall? How to Install Garage Electrical Wiring.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Is it OK to run Romex Type-NM Wire through and along studs in a garage if I am not installing drywall?

This electrical wiring question came from: Ed, a Homeowner from Rochester, New York.

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Application: Installing Garage Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and access in the garage area.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing garage electrical wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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5 Responses to “Safe Electrical Wiring Methods for Garages”
  1. MARK LABER says:


  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Mark, UF is the abbreviation for Underground Feeder cable. It is intended for direct burial at 24 inches deep and is usually rated for UV exposure. However it is still venerable to damage as with NM Romex, so no, it cannot be installed in garages where the walls are open. Keep in mind that UF is much more expensive to purchase then NM. My advise is to install either EMT conduit, metal flex or use NM Romex and cover the area with sheet rock. The other thing about UF cable is that it is a pain in the neck to separate the wires if you have never worked with it before. I have a method I use that works well and I will have to place a page on the website to demonstrate.

  3. John says:

    Hey Dave! love your site and news letters! Very informative. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Thank You Ever So MUCH!

  5. joebanana says:

    For those who are “bender challenged” and do not like bending conduit, type AC (armor clad) cable, or MC (metal clad) can save a lot of frustration, and time. Just don’t run the cable on the face of studs.