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    Romex in NYC residential

    What's up fellas

    My brother just bought a house in NYC, ozone park to be exact. He wants me to add some recessed lighting.

    I work out on Long Island where nm romex is the standard, and it's been a long understanding that this is a no go in NYC.

    Recently talking to a buddy he said it has since been changed and romex is ok to use in a residential application not exceeding 3 stores in a multi family dwelling? He also mentioned that when running 15amp lighting circuits I must use 12 wire not 14.

    Any clarity on this topic would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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    The minimum conductor size in NYC is #12 so don't bother with any 15 amp circuits. Look here for the NM cable requirements:

    https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/building...rical_code.pdf
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    All responses based on the 2014 NEC unless otherwise noted

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    The minimum conductor size in NYC is #12 so don't bother with any 15 amp circuits. Look here for the NM cable requirements:

    https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/building...rical_code.pdf
    Specifically 334.10 Uses Permitted

    and 334.12 Uses Not Permitted

    Those are amendments to the 2008 NEC
    Ron

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    Talk about quick replies, thankyou both so much.

    According to those articles it looks like I'm good to use 12/2 romex up in the finished ceiling for the lights.

    And I need to run a dryer line in the basement, ceiling is not finished, according to this in guessing drilling thru the studs in the ceiling then changing over to a piece of emt to get down the wall is ok?

    Thanks again for the help guys!

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    I would use wiring method that already exists in the house to make the installation consistent. If there was type AC (bx) cable used I would stick to it.

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