I want to relocate my attic scuttle hole to my hallway. However, there is a huge number of NM electric cables (I count 10) running next to this location, currently stapled to a major support beam about 4 feet above where a want to cut the scuttle hole. (See photo)
I understand that, per code, electrical wiring running on the face of attic joists or rafters within 6 feet of a scuttle hole must be protected. Any ideas for how I can protect these wires without rewiring my house, or feeding each individual wire through its own raceway?
This attic is not used for storage nor access to appliances, but I do plan to be up in it this year to add more light fixtures, vent fans, and insulation.
I'm a home owner who has done basic electric work, such as adding a new outlet or recessed light, but nothing more sophisticated.