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    I plan to update the wiring in the top floor of my 1940's era house in the future. I have the walls open in the floor below and can easily run the wire for that purpose. 1. Can I just secure the wire to a floor joist near the main panel without installing it inside the main panel?
    2. If yes to question number one, do I have to terminate the other end of the wire in a switch or juction box or can I just note it's position and leave it in the ceiling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rioguia View Post
    1. Can I just secure the wire to a floor joist near the main panel without installing it inside the main panel?
    Yes
    2. If yes to question number one, do I have to terminate the other end of the wire in a switch or juction box or can I just note it's position and leave it in the ceiling?
    No need for a j-box until you power up the wire.

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    With reference to #2, which way will be easier to access the wire in the future? I would think an accessible box would be preferable
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    Quote Originally Posted by rioguia View Post
    I plan to update the wiring in the top floor of my 1940's era house in the future. I have the walls open in the floor below and can easily run the wire for that purpose. 1. Can I just secure the wire to a floor joist near the main panel without installing it inside the main panel?
    2. If yes to question number one, do I have to terminate the other end of the wire in a switch or juction box or can I just note it's position and leave it in the ceiling?
    You do what you have planned, and leave the tails long at both ends so they will reach the first box on either end, OR, install a large emt or flex chase you can access later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    With reference to #2, which way will be easier to access the wire in the future? I would think an accessible box would be preferable
    I think that would be the best. Or very clearly mark it, at the least.

    If a inspector finds a piece of wire that is just laying, he will want to know where it terminates.

    "Just laying in the attic" is not the Ideal answer that the Inspector would like to hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    "Just laying in the attic" is not the Ideal answer that the Inspector would like to hear.
    Like or not he has no code section to reject the installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    Like or not he has no code section to reject the installation.
    True that.


    It is amazing how a Insurance inspector will find a way to avoid payout.

    They sure don't have a problem taking your Insurance payments, no questions asked.
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