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    romex above drop ceiling

    Is it a code violation to run romex above a drop ceiling to 2x4 lay-in fixtures. It is a commercial building one story. Above the drop ceiling is wood joist. The romex is staples to the bottom of the joist and daisey chained from fixture to fixture.

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    Yes, in a commercial building, it's a violation.
    334.12 Uses Not Permitted.
    (A) Types NM, NMC, and NMS. Types NM, NMC, and NMS cables shall not be permitted as follows:
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    (2) Exposed in dropped or suspended ceilings in other than one- and two-family and multifamily dwellings
    At my age, I'm accustomed to restaurants asking me to pay in advance, but now my bank has started sending me their calendar one month at a time.

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    It is a violation now, it was not always.

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    Look at section 334.12 (A) (2).
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwire View Post
    It is a violation now, it was not always.
    good point, Bob. Maybe one day my answers can be as thorough
    At my age, I'm accustomed to restaurants asking me to pay in advance, but now my bank has started sending me their calendar one month at a time.

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    Sorry Gus you beat me to the draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by augie47 View Post
    good point, Bob. Maybe one day my answers can be as thorough
    I don't see any problem with your answers, I just got a weird vibe that he might be asking about an existing installation not a new one.:smile:

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    Quote Originally Posted by augie47 View Post
    Yes, in a commercial building, it's a violation.
    334.12 Uses Not Permitted.
    (A) Types NM, NMC, and NMS. Types NM, NMC, and NMS cables shall not be permitted as follows:
    ...............................
    (2) Exposed in dropped or suspended ceilings in other than one- and two-family and multifamily dwellings

    Unless of course the OP is from NJ .....

    4. Chapter 3 of the electrical subcode, entitled "Wiring Methods and Materials," is amended as follows:


    iii. Section 334.12(A)(2) is deleted in its entirety.
    http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/cod...d_4_20_091.pdf
    [see page 28]

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    To expand on this: I wonder to what degree new rule apply, and don't apply, to an existing installation. I ran into that question last week, when I wired in a new cooking hood and fire suppression system in an existing fast mart of same construction.

    Part of the old system had been supplied by NM, and I decided to ask the EI (a county outside of my usual stomping grounds) about it before starting. He basically said the entire job is to be considered as part of the installation, including home runs.

    I was lucky, as there was a 3/4" EMT back to the panel that contained the two blower supply circuits, and I had to add a single circuit for a receptacle for a new appliance, so I pulled a couple of new conductors for the lights and contactors, and the appliance.


    My point is: Where is the line separating existing and new? If the OP's cables in the ceiling can remain as existing (presuming compliant when installed), what about the drop from joist to first fixture? If the old KO plates fit the new fixtures, can the loops stay?
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
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    Quote Originally Posted by augie47 View Post
    good point, Bob. Maybe one day my answers can be as thorough
    "Everyone want to be Bob." :grin:




    I, too, got the same vibe as he, by the way.
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