- Durham, NC
- Facility Maintenance Tech. Licensed Electrician
Not that I recommend it but...
...but then the question of whether the AHJ will consider any part as subject to damage and require it be protected with conduit.
Not many homeowners would be happy with running a bare grey cable up the wall, across siding. Staples make it look even worse. A run of conduit can look neat and give a professional looking job. Bare cable under a soffit, along molding, etc. would not be quite as bad.