Another question concerning supporting light fixtures in suspended ceiling independantely of the grid. I know that the code says to attach light fixtures to the grid, but the requirement for tie wires is not in there ( I can't find it anyway). I know it must be in the building code or some other code. Does anyone know the "gauge" wire that is required to support them? I've looked in the North Carolina building code online, and I can't find anything about it. I've tried the "search" on the forum here but still can't find anything. I'm thinking it's a #12 steel wire, but am not sure. Thanks again...
Thanks John. The reason I'm asking is that I think the owner was expecting to use little #17 gauge wire (it may be a little bigger, can't remember exactly what # was on the roll, but it was small. On a roll kinda of like # 10thhn wire is on) I just wanted an official note of some kind to tell him. I'm sure I wouldn't want to be standing under one of the lights, if the ceiling fell with the kind of wire he has. Thanks And yes, I'm going to get them to install the wires, but want to make sure they install the right ones. There's going to be a lot of them.
Re: Minimum gage tie wires for supporting light fixtur
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Thanks Greg. I tried to pull up the actual document so I could reference it to the owner, but couldn't find it. I'll let him know though. I did find where North Carolina has adopted the ASTM C 636 standard back in 2006 if I read right. Thanks again... Steve