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.
Guide to Installing Garage Wiring
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.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ed.
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.
How to Install Garage Electrical Wiring
- Exposed Electrical Wiring
Installing Romex Brand or Type-NM cable through and along studs in a garage is not permitted simply because the wiring will be unprotected and becomes vulnerable to abuses such as hanging tools or falling objects that could cause damage to the wiring.
- Protecting Electrical Wire
The solution is to either cover the area where the wiring has been installed or install solid conduit or flexible conduit which will provide protection for the electrical wires.
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Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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