Saw a picture of an example of code NEC 300.4 (D) where a furring strip was used and a wire was run parallel to the furring strip. Per the code, the wire was 1 1/4" away from the nearest edge of the furring strip.
This doesn't make sense since the wire has the same chance of getting hit with a nail if the wire was only 1/2" from the furring strip. I realize that this originated from the fact that a hole in a stud has to be 1 1/4" away from the top facing edge of a stud to keep drywall screws from hitting the wire.
But according to this code a wire can be just under the sheetrock as long as it is 1 1/4 " away from the furring strip. I don't understand the logic. Can you please clear up my confusion?
National Electrical Code 2011
ARTICLE 300 Wiring Methods
300.4 Protection Against Physical Damage. Where subject to physical damage, conductors, raceways, and cables shall be protected.
(D) Cables and Raceways Parallel to Framing Members and Furring Strips. In both exposed and concealed locations, where a cable- or raceway-type wiring method is installed parallel to framing members, such as joists, rafters, or studs, or is installed parallel to furring strips, the cable or raceway shall be installed and supported so that the nearest outside surface of the cable or raceway is not less than 32 mm (11⁄4 in.) from the nearest edge of the framing member or furring strips where nails or screws are likely to penetrate. Where this distance cannot be maintained, the cable or raceway shall be protected from penetration by nails or screws by a steel plate, sleeve, or equivalent at least 1.6 mm (1⁄16 in.) thick.