Ok to install BX cable without conduit?

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Frazerlanier
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Ok to install BX cable without conduit?

Post by Frazerlanier » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:47 am

I am having an HVAC system installed in my home and in order to save on costs the electrician has proposed installing the BX communication cables that will run inside to home between the HVAC heads (some inside the walls and some along the exposed brick) without the typical metal conduit, leaving the rubber wire exposed.

My question is: is there anything to be concerned about if we install the electrical this way? NYC code stipulates that wire be placed in conduit, but if we are not concerned about the code, should we be concerned about safety or longevity of the wire? Is there an increased risk of shortages or fire?

The cane is coated in very thick rubber, so it doesn't appear to pose these risks, and the licensed electrician promises there will be no issues. What do folks in this forum think?

Thanks for your help!

Frazer

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Re: Ok to install BX cable without conduit?

Post by emtnut » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:16 pm

Not sure why you're saying communication cables ?? Are these the power cables ?
There are different rules for comm cables, and power cables.

As far as 'exposed' , that is an inspector judgement, but if you have power cables (individual conductors) then that won't fly.

Not sure what 'cane' is ??
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