Okay guys, I need your opinions. I have a customer who is converting some attic space into an storage area. She had the rafters covered over with floorboards, and wants me to install some lighting and an exhaust fan. Since the area is all DRY exposed wood, and will be filled with cardboard boxes. I feel this would be a good place to utilize an AFCI breaker. What are your opinions? Would you spend the extra money?
I have to come back with the question "If bedrooms are wired to code, why do they now require AFCI breakers"? In a bedroom the wiring is located within walls that are covered with 5/8" sheetrock (here in Cook County, Illinois). In my application, the area surrounding my installation is all bare wood. The underlayment of the roof, the roof joists, the ceiling joists below as well as the new OSB that was laid on top of them. As well as all the cardboard boxes the homeowner will be storing in the general area. An area that might not be accessed for months at a time.
Maybe I'm thinking too deeply into this, Or maybe I've been reading too many of Mike Holt's newsletters. I just wanted to raise a topic of discussion. And get an educated opinion from my peers.
Thanks in advance, Steve
Re: Looking for AFCI opinions#14377 09/23/0205:58 PM09/23/0205:58 PM
Another point strikes me on this. If an AFCI is necessary to guard against arcs that may occur at joints feeding bedroom receptacles, why does the NEC not require AFCIs on all the other circuits that may also pass through bedroom walls? (e.g. tA circuit feeding an adjoining room.)
Re: Looking for AFCI opinions#14380 09/24/0207:18 PM09/24/0207:18 PM
Pearlfish Since AFCIs are not listed as tested with anything but romex, and you already are protected with EMT, I would not waste money and buy an AFCI. You will not be increasing safety enough to warrent the cost.
Re: Looking for AFCI opinions#14382 09/25/0206:14 AM09/25/0206:14 AM