A. Master electrician Sean Kenney responds: During the 12 years I worked as a residential electrical contractor, I routinely stapled cable between the strapping. All of the inspectors I encountered in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine accepted the practice.

Unfortunately, though, the National Electrical Code ( NEC) is not clear on this issue, and some local inspectors may interpret the NEC differently from the inspectors I encountered. NEC section 300-4 states, "Where subject to physical damage, conductors shall be adequately protected." In a perfect world, the NEC would address the issue of...

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