In a crawl space, can I staple the electric 12/2 cable to the floor joist?

  • Do you mean along the side of floor joists halfway up, or do you mean hopping from bottom to bottom creating a mouse jungle gym? – Harper May 23 '18 at 18:17
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    Yes, creating a mouse jungle gym. Running the 12/2 cable perpendicular to the joists. – Travis May 23 '18 at 19:17

Current Code has a certain rule for running non metallic and simlar cables in craw spaces.

334.15(C) 2017 NEC Cables not smaller than #6/2 or #8/3 can be directly stabled to the lower edges. Smaller cables can be run through bored holes or running boards.

The running board solution is usually the easiest. The running board should be at least the height of the cable.


In my jurisdiction, at least, I have received confirmation that this is acceptable.

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