finishing basement - electrical question

I have a 12/2 wire running from an outlet to my refrigerator in the kitchen on the first floor. This wire is visible in the basement, and the electrician decided to not put the wire in the framing of the house. Now I'm trying to get my basement finished and I'm not sure what I should do with this wire. It is running perpendicular to the floor joist for the first floor, but it is not in the framing. It's kinda hanging outside of the floor joists stapled to the bottom.
Help?
George
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grod wrote:

The usual solution is to run it though holes drilled in the joist. Just where you can safely drill those holes depends on several factors and frankly I am not up on that end so I would not want to advise other than to get the proper information, to prevent structural damage. Note: the change of structural damage is slight, but real.
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Assuming you can get at one end of it, I'd disconnect it, drill a clearance hole in the rafters, and re-thread the wire, like it should have been done in the first place. If it isn't long enough, just use a junction box for the splice, and you are in business. I hope it is really 12/2 with ground!
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go thru the CENTER of the joists not top or bottom, just make holes big enough for wire not oversized.
you may have to replace wire depending on length of new run
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ahh i hope your not planning on a drywall cieling!
Such a bad decision makes the inevitable leaking plumbing, upgrading wiring general repairs a BIG hassle
use removable cieling tile
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