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Am I required to use in wall speaker wire?

Posted by tigerninety (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 4, 12 at 22:49

Hello,

I've read that some jurisdictions require that speaker wire running in enclosed walls be in-wall speaker wire, rated CL2 or CL3.

I'm open to all kinds of views on this, but I'm specifically wondering if anyone knows if this is required in Montgomery County, Maryland (or where specifically I can find this information)?

Thanks!

Tiger


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RE: Am I required to use in wall speaker wire?

Ya, most jurisdictions want the fire-rated jacket in the walls. In my area (Northern California) I haven't come across an AHJ who gave a rat's patoot about speaker wire rating.

Call your local permitting office and ask to speak to an inspector - they will tell ya. Good Luck!


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RE: Am I required to use in wall speaker wire?

You'll find that using conventional speaker wire isn't a good idea when running wires through walls because the insulation on most speaker wire will break down over time. CL2 and CL3 wire is easier to pull, and has 2 layers of insulation that mitigate against breakdown over time.


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RE: Am I required to use in wall speaker wire?

I think you may required.


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RE: Am I required to use in wall speaker wire?

Tigerninety, I'm also in Montgomery County and facing the same issue. Did you discover any rules/guidelines?


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