Can I straddle a switch box?

anniel89June 14, 2014

In this photo I'm holding a 12 gauge wire so it passes a light switch box and continues up/down. How does the NEC feel about this? should I staple it on either side? Should find a different route?

Thanks!

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bus_driver

If it was placed behind the box, how far would it be from the back edge of the stud? Could it be on the other side of the stud? Drilling a hole above and below the box to route the cable on the other side of the stud would be permissible. Or on the adjacent stud?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 8:33PM
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Ron Natalie

As long as it's supported within the 1.4m (4 1/2 foot) requirement, I don't see anything wrong with the way it is.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 2:05PM
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Ron Natalie

That presumes that this will eventually be covered up by drywall.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 2:06PM
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anniel89

If I put it behind the box it would be very close to the edge of the stud. If I ran it like in the picture I would secure it at some point above and below the box and it will be behind drywall.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 7:06PM
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Ron Natalie

As long as the attachment point above and below are within 4.5 feet you should be fine as it is pictured.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 8:53PM
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petey_racer

Listen to Ron. It's FINE.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 7:12AM
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