11 Aug 2014

Los Angeles electrician: Wires running in walls anywhere from floor level to seven feet above the floor (U.S.) or five feet above the floor (Canada) must be protected from nails driven through walls.  the side of the nail-stop that will be in contact with the stud surface when it it tapped into place, providing 5 3/8″ of 16-gauge steel that will protect electrical wiring (or plumbing pipes) from punctures by nails or screws driven into the wall when this nail stop has been placed on a wall stud over the point through which an electrical wire or pipe has been passed.

Nail stops by Simpson Strong-Tie are made of 16-gauge steel, include sharpened protrusions that allow the plate to be tapped into place on stud surfaces, and are sold in 1 1/2″ or 5-inch widths and in lengths ranging from 2 1’2″ to 16 5/16″. The most commonly-seen nail stop we encounter is the NS1 3-inch model.

Simpson Strong-Tie provides a Code Compliant Repair and Protection Guide that describes the company’s range of protective and reinforcing steel devices to comply with the various building code requirements to protect wiring and plumbing from nail and screw fastener damage.

We also don’t route wires too close to places where the wires can be damaged by heat from a heating appliance or chimney, flooded, etc.

The Six Foot Rule for Receptacles
, is that at no spot along the length of any building interior wall should the distance to the nearest receptacle be more than six feet. This means you are placing wall receptacles at twelve-foot intervals or less; some wall designs and room layouts will of course reduce this number.

Clearance Spacing Rules for Receptacles

In addition to the fundamental requirement that no space along a wall is more than six feet from an electrical receptacle, an electrical outlet must be properly located on the wall, according to local electrical codes and the National Electrical Code.

Give Los Angeles Electrician a call for any question or concerns 1 (800) 233-1950