I have an old house, built in 1926, that could use some repair work (no
In the basement, part of the junctions two junctions in which lightbulb
outlets were installed in tiny, circular junction boxes. I recently removed
them, and installed larger boxes with outlets instead. The real issue came
when trying to put the rigid metal "conduit" back in place. I put conduit
in quotes because I think it is really old water pipe used instead.
Because the junction boxes are larger, the conduit connecting the two pushes
them further apart, making for a very klutzy install. I would like to
replace the rigid conduit with flexible, giving me more, err, flexibility
in the install.
Here is my problem. Because I am home repair newb, I had never heard of NM
cable before. From what I have read about it, it looks much easier to work
with, and, therefore, is right up my alley. The cable connecting the
junctions will be running along the top of the basement, out of reach of
heavy people traffic. However, my house has no grounding wires, it is only
hot and neutral (110), and it can get relatively more damp in the basement
than the rest of the house. Given this, can I use NM for this purpose? Am I
violating code? Is there some serious risk associated with it that I should
be aware of? Any help would be greatly appreciated.