I Need to move this outlet to the other stud.

My first thought was to splice new wire inside the box and move it over, BUT NEC doesn’t allow splicing in-wall if the box is not reachable/accessible.

Also, I’m not sure if NEC allows Romexs to be run between studs ( only stapled to the side )

How do I do this while remaining code complaint?

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  • I have many thoughts, what is your specific question. – Alaska Man May 3 '20 at 16:43
  • @AlaskaMan Specific question is, how do I move this outlet to the stud on the right while being code compliant. – Jeff George May 3 '20 at 16:50
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    @JeffGeorge -- yeah, a short length of really any wiring method suitable for concealed applications can cross a stud bay as you propose, plain old NM is fine for this job (especially since you have a plastic box, which makes using metal conduit of any sort rather difficult) – ThreePhaseEel May 3 '20 at 22:00
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    @Jack Both above and below. It’s coming from the basement and feeding the upstairs. I think I’m simply going to splice within the box, and run a horizontal line to the next stud. Pigtail the wires coming from basement, upstairs, and new side run, all together. – Jeff George May 4 '20 at 1:56
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    If the hole drilled in the bottom plate and the top plate were in the center of the stud bay, all the staples could be pulled and set to the other side. You would need to remove more drywall to determine that. – Jack May 4 '20 at 2:02

You can use a special In wall splice called a tyco or nm splice and add enough to move the receptacle over. These splices are not required to be accessible and are kind of expensive at 15-20$ but they do what you want and are available at big box and specialty stores.


Here is what I ended up doing (photo below). Ran a new 10/2 line into the box. Pigtailed all together (basement, upstairs, and new run). Put a blank face plate on it. New 10/2 cable was ran to new spot for outlet.

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  • As long as you didn't overstuff a box, this works I reckon.... – ThreePhaseEel May 9 '20 at 1:47
  • Thank you @ThreePhaseEel – Jeff George May 9 '20 at 19:39

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