So my ceilings look like this: /\

I want to replace / relocate my breaker panel.

The circuits run along the rafters into the attic space (small, cant stand up).

My questions:

  • Can I just fish romex along the rafters?
  • If I do that, it doesn't seem possible to staple them every 4' - so how do you secure romex in non accessible places where you are fishing wire?

Thank you

1 Answer 1


You don't. If you're fishing cable, you don't have to secure it.

National Electrical Code

334.30 Securing and Supporting.

(B) Unsupported Cables. Nonmetallic-sheathed cable shall be permitted to be unsupported where the cable:

(1) Is fished between access points through concealed spaces in finished buildings or structures and supporting is impracticable

  • Thanks so much. Where do you find the NEC online?
    – Vigrond
    Jul 6, 2015 at 23:08
  • @Vigrond I didn't. I copied the text from my other answer, which I copied from my code book.
    – Tester101
    Jul 6, 2015 at 23:50
  • @Vigrond -- see this link for all the Code that you'll ever need Jul 7, 2015 at 11:49

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