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Hello everyone,

So I'm installing this new bathtub in a house and upon removal of the old tub I found this electrical wire under it . Is this up to code or should the wire be run through holes in the studs? Also this wire leads to a socket in the bedroom which shares a wall with the bathroom. Should that socket be a GFCI since it is so close to the water source or it can just be a normal socket?
I'm working in Suffolk County , NY if that matters.
I'd appreciate any help.Thanks.
 

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Capra Aegagrus
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No need to run the wire through the studs, though having it flopping around loose like that isn't best practice. No need for a GFCI in a different room on the other side of the wall.
 

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The wire needs to be secured at minimum. It that is an unused portion of the house, ie: crawlspace, it probably doesn't need to go into the studs. But it sure is sloppy practice to do it that way.

You run wires on the joist in a ceiling all the time.
 

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This is exactly what I was thinking.

Is the tub going back in that same spot?
Yes the new tub is going in the same place. I think I will run it through the studs anyway just to minimize the risk. The guy that removed the old tub almost hit the wire with the saw while he was cutting the tub.

Thanks for you help guys.
 

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You have to go through what 5 studs, turn off power unhock the electrical outlet and drill a couple holes and run it through the studs should take what 10 minutes?
OTOH, around here it would take a licensed electrician to do that. You can cover it with channel if you're worried about protection. I'd leave it just the way it is.

The demo issue is the same when you open up a wall - you can cut through wires and pipes. The install isn't the problem, it's the guy with the tool.
 

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OTOH, around here it would take a licensed electrician to do that. You can cover it with channel if you're worried about protection. I'd leave it just the way it is.

The demo issue is the same when you open up a wall - you can cut through wires and pipes. The install isn't the problem, it's the guy with the tool.
Shhhhh.... no one will know.
 

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OTOH, around here it would take a licensed electrician to do that. You can cover it with channel if you're worried about protection. I'd leave it just the way it is.



The demo issue is the same when you open up a wall - you can cut through wires and pipes. The install isn't the problem, it's the guy with the tool.


I'm not sure where in ny he is, but here any insured contractor is allowed to work on old work, just can't run new feeds, and that's just in the city. Outside of the city as long as you're insured you can do whatever you want.
 

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You have to go through what 5 studs, turn off power unhock the electrical outlet and drill a couple holes and run it through the studs should take what 10 minutes?
OTOH, there's no need to waste that 10 minutes. Slap a couple of staples in to make sure it stays where it belongs, and with the new tub in place it'll be just as well protected as if it was behind drywall.

Better, even. Not too many folks drive a nail to hang a picture in their tub. :laughing:
 

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I'm not sure where in ny he is, but here any insured contractor is allowed to work on old work, just can't run new feeds, and that's just in the city. Outside of the city as long as you're insured you can do whatever you want.
Something about licensing, I'm sure. Up here, it gets pretty specific, there's Master's licenses that allow you to do 1-2 family, but not multifamily....

I'm probably allowed to take electrical out, but installing is a no-no.
 

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A loose wire on the floor below a tub, I would wager is much more likely to either wet at some time, or chewed to the bare copper by rodents then one installed 12-18 high in a stud wall cavity. IMHO
 

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Here (most if not all AHJ's), rerunning the cable would require a permit and licensed electrician.

Tom
NY is on the opposite side of things. Very few areas require licensing for electrical work, although the OP is on Long Island, one of the few highly regulated areas of NY.
Anything south of the Hudson Valley and licensing gets out of control, every city or tiny municipality is greedy wants their piece of the pie.

IMO requiring a permit and inspection for something like this is ABSOLUTELY absurd!
 
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