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BDAVEN2008
Attic wiring

I have a question, the attic in my house has all the wiring exposed, it is basically sitting on the rafters. Can I just cover it with wood so I can use the attic to walk on?

Thanks

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Attic wiring

No, wiring needs to be protected from chances of nails being driven into it.

Jack

dj1
Re: Attic wiring

You mean the wires are just sitting on the JOISTS. By code they have to be fastened to the joists.

For easy walking/crawling I use pieces of plywood, but never nail/screw them to the joists.

Fencepost
Re: Attic wiring

Two questions:

1. How old is your house?

2. What is the wiring like? Does it appear to have a fabric or plastic jacket? How thick/wide is the wire? Is it mounted on insulators?

t_manero
Re: Attic wiring

I am piggying back with my own questions:

(1) My 1964 wiring is AC, but new work done used NM wiring in the attic. Is this OK ?
I intend to add recess lighting and it would a b*t*h if I had to use AC as I never worked with it or have tools (my day job is sitting behind a desk).
(2) The NM wiring is mainly loose and not secured to the joists. Also, the workmen separated the (new work) recessed light fixtures from the 1964 insulation, and I can see the fixtures are not tight with the ceiling (I can see the room under the attic).
I believe fixtures are rated for contact or non-contact w/ insulation, and assume the fixtures are non-contact. Now, the attic floor/kitchen ceiling seems opened to the attic via these fixtures. Should I do anything about this (winter air leaks)??

Thanks.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Attic wiring
t_manero wrote:

I am piggying back with my own questions:

(1) My 1964 wiring is AC, but new work done used NM wiring in the attic. Is this OK ?
I intend to add recess lighting and it would a b*t*h if I had to use AC as I never worked with it or have tools (my day job is sitting behind a desk).
It all depends on local code. I am guessing that AC is not required if the updates was done by a licensed electrician.
(2) The NM wiring is mainly loose and not secured to the joists. Also, the workmen separated the (new work) recessed light fixtures from the 1964 insulation, and I can see the fixtures are not tight with the ceiling (I can see the room under the attic).
This statement suggests that the work was not done by a licensed electrician, I would suggest you get an inspection you may need a lot of work done.
I believe fixtures are rated for contact or non-contact w/ insulation, and assume the fixtures are non-contact. Now, the attic floor/kitchen ceiling seems opened to the attic via these fixtures. Should I do anything about this (winter air leaks)??
Yes, this is not a proper installation and yes there is contact and non contact type units.
Thanks.

Again I would suggest an inspection by a qualified electrician.

Jack

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