Romex in crawl space no junction box/outlet box etc

Someone tapped into romex ( which supplies power to living space wall outlet) to power a light fixture (bare bulb, grounded outlet and box) in crawl space. This is exposed romex running under floor joists. At the connection there are wire nuts but this is not contained in a junction box. Should it be? Is it a safety issue?
I would put one there anyway just for neatness, but romex has very little slack and I doubt that I could get it into a junction box without making another connection, with more romex (which I do already have) and yet another junction box.. Thanks.. Chuck
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SEVERE SAFETY ISSUE.
Do as you suggest.
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I know someone who had a reputable HVAC company put in his new furnace last year. They left the electrical connection just hanging in the air. Unbelievable.
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ROFL.
You aren't talking about the company that put mine new system in, are you?
Exposed romex splice, sitting right in the joist space.
Tech told me it would never hurt anything.
Unbelievable.
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forgotten romex clamps were needed on the can lights he was installing, even though 'nobody would ever be in that attic dead space tugging on the wires.' Yes, the odds are it would probably be fine, but if one person adding another light 20 years from now tugged too hard on the wire, it could cause a fire, and that is why code requires strain reliefs and enclosed junctions.
As soon as I said that the inspector at resale time would notice the lights when he went into attic, my sister volunteered to drive back to the big-box.
aem sends....
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Now see...this is why our state has issued a special electrical licence for HVAC companies, and without one, no company can make ANY electrical connections as in a final hookup with out a licenced electrician, and permits and inspections.
Sad...you should have called them back and raised pure hell till someone got out there and made it right. That is what is called hack work....reputable company or not.
did they pull permits and get inspections? if so, you have leverage with the local inspectors office now...:)
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If they left it like that, that was no pro..
I ask again, did they pull permits and inspections? if so, then you have the power to make it right, both at the company level and at the inspectors. if not. You got what you paid for....it worked, but without a permit and inspection...well..it wasnt a pro that installed it, unless you want to call him a professional hack.
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They talk about the DIY'ers ,,, but lots of times the PRO's have judgement lapses. Chuck
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