Sorry - another electrical question

I'm sorry to even mention electrical wiring - the most bandied topic. I'll be quick. I don't have copy of NEC and need a simple answer. I ran feed to my shop - single wire THHN insulation inside of PVC conduit on the outside wall of the house. I am having the siding replaced with hardi-plank. The builder suggested re-routing the wiring inside the soffet and getting rid of the ugly old conduit, since he is replacing the soffet anyway.
Can I run individual wires inside walls/ceiling without conduit and meet NEC?
Thanks, Bob
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"Bob" writes:

Ever hear of knob & tube wiring?
Been around probably close to 100 years.
Probably hasn't been used for at least 40 years except in areas where electrical unions were able to enforce feather bedding labor contracts which was the case in Cleveland during the early 60's.
Today, if you are going to run it inside the eaves, use BX and sleep tight.
HTH
Lew
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May, I wasn't clear. I'm not running new wire. Its already run and I don't want to replace it. I'll leave it in the conduit on the outside of the house if I have to. The builder will move it inside the wall at no charge, if I let him take it out of the conduit. I just need to know if that meets code.
Bob
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"Bob" writes:

Very doubtful.
Lew
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yes, I am familiar with knob and tube wiring. My mother in law had it in her house, as well as my grand parents. But I don't see it our "new city" of houston. We don't have any old infrastructure to speak of. Bob
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No. You need conduit of some sort (note that there's a maximum conduit fill) or cable approved for the use. NM (non-metalic sheathed) cable like Romex would be least expensive if the cable never leaves the wall.
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thank you drew. I elected to tell the builder that the wiring stays in the conduit. It is well within the fill maximum.
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