cable protection?

analogmusicmanFebruary 21, 2014

I'll be putting a 20A outlet into my kitchen island. it will be on the side just below the counter top. of course, the wires going to the outlet (12-2 romex) will be exposed inside the cabinet. my question is: isn't there some sort of NEC code that states that such exposed wiring be protected?


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Ron Natalie

NM can be run exposed as long as it's not subject to physical damage. Most people wouldn't consider inside a cabinet to be subject to damage.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 7:33AM
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ok,I can buy that for a regular kitchen cabinet. regular dishes won't damage the NM. BUT,this cabinet happens to be a "kitchen island" and my wife has be known to toss the "George Forman" grill in there and really anything with a sharp edge just might puncture the NM and horrors of horrors somebody COULD get electrocuted! you'd think that NEC would address that.


    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 2:19PM
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Why not install some conduit along the back to run the electrical in, no chance of damage then. There are different types out there like small square ones that are open at the back and fit over 14/2 or 14/3 wire and screw on to the inside of the cabinet. They are discrete and can be painted. Hope that helps

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 2:37PM
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"you'd think that NEC would address that."

It does. If it's subject to physical damage, it needs to be protected. You just stated that it is. It it's behind a drawer bank it could be argued that it's not, but I always install flex over it regardless.
Just slide some flex over it.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 2:55PM
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so I guess NM can go inside flexible conduit?


    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 11:02PM
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For short runs, yes, you can put NM inside conduit (flexible or fixed) for protection.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:36AM
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