I am installing new outlets by drilling up from the garage between the wall cavity and fishing romex up. As seen in the picture:
I had my first inspection and the inspector called out that the junction boxes are just below 8 feet above the floor, by just a few inches. So this romex is considered "exposed" and must be protected.
I'm not sure how to rectify this situation. Do I need two junction boxes at each entry point? The junction box you see existing, and add another one just below the above floor? It sounds silly to me to install so much hardware. Is there a cheaper, easier, code-compliant solution?
Can I put the romex in a flexible metal conduit? But then how would I terminate the FMC with the romex just poking out of it?
What are other code-compliant ways to protect just a few inches of romex like this?