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I am outfitting a shed with an electrical system. The inside walls are currently unsheathed, and I do not plan to sheath them. I was not sure if I can install Romex directly stapled to the studs without wall sheathing. Is this okay or do I have to use conduit or armored cable?

  • Are you talking about stapled to the edges of the studs, or run through bored holes in the studs? – ThreePhaseEel Sep 16 at 23:54
  • @ThreePhaseEel I am talking about bored holes similar to normal residential wiring, just without wall sheathing. – user107111 Sep 17 at 0:22
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Above 8’ it would be ok but below that 1/2” Sheetrock or wood panels, plywood , osb ect.

  • yep, needs to be covered (or use BX). In my shed, I found that OSB was actually less expensive than sheetrock, and I didn't care about the looks, so a simple cheap paint from the "mistake" bin was fine. – JRaef Sep 17 at 0:30
  • OSB, plywood etc. also have the advantages of being much better to screw into. If you want to hang minor shelves or racks, this can help. – Someone Somewhere Sep 17 at 5:04

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