I want to use some exterior 14-2 romex in my kitchen as I have some exposed
undercabinet lighting and the gray wire is more compatable with the decor!
I assume that exterior rated romex is better than regular nmb so it should
be fine indoors. Am I right?
It's overkill, and will cost a few more cents per foot. However,
exterior romex can be used almost anywhere, whereas the indoor type
can only be used indoors. Go ahead and use it.
On Sun, 02 May 2004 06:02:40 GMT, "Michael Roback"
I do not believe that exterior Romex is rated for anything other than
sunlight resistant and able to be covered directly with soil.
It's your kitchen, personally I hide the wiring. I added some outlets in my
last kitchen. Had a block wall underneath. I slotted the drywall and
installed the wiring and then added sheets of 1/4 inch drywall to get a
Hard to see your particular situation from here, but have you considered
using low voltage under-cabinet lighting instead? Or, is this not an
option? Assuming you would prefer to conceal your wiring, low voltage
wiring might very well give you some more options as far as routing, etc.
that you don't have using Romex.
From NEC 340:
UF cable, uses permitted: (4) Installed as nonmetallic-sheathed cable. Where
so installed, the installation and conductor requirements shall comply with
the provisions of Article 334 and shall be of the multiconductor type.
UF cable, uses not permitted: (10) Where subject to physical damage
This last one is the tough one. The local inspector is the judge on what is
"subject to physical damage". A certain distance above the ground is OK,
guarding it with wood guard boards is OK, putting it in conduit is OK, etc.
Under a cabinet may be considered exposed to damage. A section coming out of
the wall to a water heater is usually OK -- the heater and pipes protects
the cable. Oh, metal flex conduit is also not allowed to be exposed to
physical damage, so that doesn't help either.
Need to talk to your local inspector on this one.
Have you ever tried to damage that stuff?
It'll be protected by the cabinet. (assuming it's on the underside.) If
anything, tell the inspector you used UF instead of NM-B because it's
tougher. (who invited the inspector to this party anyway?)
...and a bit harder to strip. The .79 Romex stripper won't
quite do it.
But notice how all of the local naysayers and code-a-holics just
keep beating on the guy to not use it. Original Poster is trying
to do this in a way that will work for him, yet every asswipe
here still crawls out of the woodwork and trys to change his mind.
TP / Network Man __________________________________
If u want the races for free,
Yep, why not use the strip type wiring, i.e., that stuff that plugs
into an outlet then runs along in what looks like a cable race (can't
recall the name). Not ugly but not really attractive either.
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