bx behind baseboard....baseboard popping off!

calypsochickAugust 28, 2010

Hi, everyone. We have BX wiring that is running behind our baseboard. Our walls are concrete, and I don't know if they dug out a channel for the wiring to be put into so the baseboard can be flush. But the baseboard looks terrible. I know they are not done with it, but basically the baseboard is popping off the wall. I was told the nails are not strong/long enough, and they need to get some special glue to hold the baseboard in place. Is this normal? Are they supposed to have dug a channel in the concrete wall for the wiring?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Is this an Insulated Concrete Form house? If so, a channel can be made in the foam insulation for the wiring. It depends on the type of interior finish walls. If you're looking at concrete inside, I do not know what is permitted under building codes as far as making a channel.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 9:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi, there. It's not an insulated concrete form house. It's a Manhattan apartment building constructed in the 50s with concrete walls, and no foam insulation. I know we are allowed to place the wires in the wall, but we just can't cut through any structural parts of the wall. I guess I was wondering if they could make a channel at the bottom of the wall.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 9:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Ron Natalie

YOU can not do anything with the wiring. An electrian can tell you what can be done. You can get oversized baseboards.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 1:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It sounds like they already have an electrician who has cut a channel behind the baseboard - but there are problems with the installation.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 5:24PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
A/C wired to main panel only?
I had 2 electricians come out to bid upgrading my service...
Spa Capacitor question
My spa is wired for 220v. The pump motor is rated for...
Lights Flickering...
We paid an electrician to put in a ceiling light in...
Too much load for circuit?
I have 200 amp service to the main panel (which has...
Replacing fan speed dial back to standard toggle?
I am removing a ceiling fan and replacing it with a...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™