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#8475 - 03/22/02 10:45 PM Romex in metal studs
aldav53 Offline

Registered: 08/22/01
Posts: 547
Loc: Chandler, AZ USA
I don't want to buy a stud punch just for one small job, so is there any other way to run romex in metal studs legally besides punching holes and putting in the yellow plastic grommets?
This is a new wall added in a residential home.
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#8476 - 03/22/02 11:08 PM Re: Romex in metal studs
JMichael Offline

Registered: 03/10/02
Posts: 60
Loc: Norwich, NY, USA
Dont know the area you are in but the supply house by me rents them.

#8477 - 03/23/02 02:12 AM Re: Romex in metal studs
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
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are there grommets made to fit the existing stud holes??

#8478 - 03/23/02 06:38 AM Re: Romex in metal studs
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
Arlington Industries makes a METAL STUD BUSHING That fits a wide variety of standard metal stud openings.

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#8479 - 03/23/02 08:09 AM Re: Romex in metal studs
electrician02125 Offline

Registered: 02/01/01
Posts: 90
Why not use MC cable instead of romex ?

I never run romex in metal studs. Never! Too many sharp edges and tooooo many careless fellow tradespeople. I notice that even if I do a stand up job installing any cable, someone comes along after me and screws it up by pulling on it or leaning smoething on it or running something by it.

I would even go as far as punching / grommeting and still use mc cable.

Maybe I am too picky ?

#8480 - 03/23/02 10:52 PM Re: Romex in metal studs
NonLinearLoad Offline

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 56
Loc: McHenry, IL. USA
Our supply house locally doesn't carry in stock stud bushings, yet a quick trip to a Home Depot can give satisfying results.

[This message has been edited by NonLinearLoad (edited 03-24-2002).]

#8481 - 03/24/02 09:54 AM Re: Romex in metal studs
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
"a quick trip to a Home Depot ."

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#8482 - 03/25/02 06:42 PM Re: Romex in metal studs
Sparks30 Offline

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 125
Loc: Connecticut.usa
I would go with the MC. By the time you punch hole, install the bushings and replace all the messed up romex. The MC would be cheaper.


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