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Protecting wire in a basement install like one on TOH.

There's a TOH video about insulating the basement with polystyrene foam and then using furring strips to mount drywall to. TOH video

What I'm wondering about is is there sufficient depth to protect the wires with only one furring strip depth? He doesn't cover how to secure the romex so it's deep enough and protected properly to code.

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J2E wrote:

There's a TOH video about insulating the basement with polystyrene foam and then using furring strips to mount drywall to. TOH video

What I'm wondering about is is there sufficient depth to protect the wires with only one furring strip depth? He doesn't cover how to secure the romex so it's deep enough and protected properly to code.

The Code requires 1 1/4" between Romex wire and the edge of the framing so with a 1" hole in the framing a 2" stud is usually the minimum, to protect the wire.

If run in electrical mettallic tubing (EMT) one might get by with a stud 1" deep. However, the minimum recessed box dept is
1 1/2".

Using a surface raceway system called "Wiremold" might be the most practical method. It's available at Home Depot, Lowes and all electrical supply houses.

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