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  1. #1
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    Can Lights In Return Air !!?????

    I need help again and thank you in advance again!

    Our electrician installed can lights in the joist spaces that are our unpanned cold air returns in our basement remodel job. With all the supply runs & ductwork for our air to air exchanger, he did not have a choice for some of them.

    Is this OK???? Is this safe????

    He's coming back tomorrow to finish so please let me know.

    Thanks!!
    Bob

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    Nope.
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    violates code, but good for heat recovery off the fixture Gonna have to move them.
    You can't fix stupid

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    Add track lighting or sconces where you said he didn't have a choice.

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    Will not pass code...must relocate!
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    Or be completely boxed out as in surronded and sealed from the same air space.
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    Why can't a can be in joist space used as a return?

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvr2old View Post
    Why can't a can be in joist space used as a return?
    Let's say a wire starts shorting out and gets hot and starts burning. First you have toxic fumes entering the ventilation system plus a good airflow to help fuel a fire. Plus code says no.

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    Please, which code and section???

    Hello,

    I was looking at the can-in-the-return issue before and still don't know which code and section I can cite. Thank you...

    Wally

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterholeWally View Post
    Hello,

    I was looking at the can-in-the-return issue before and still don't know which code and section I can cite. Thank you...

    Wally
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    Kinda reminds me of the fire sprinkler guys who'd crush my tin 3" with a crowbar to run their mains, "It won't fit any other way..."
    (The wise men of modern thought) adore a god made of putty or of wax - plastic, effeminate, molluscous, with no masculine faculty about him, and no quality that entitles him to the respect of just and honest men, for a being who cannot be angry at wrongdoing is destitute of one of the essential virtues, and a moral Ruler who is not angry with the wicked, and who refuses to punish crime, is not divine. ---Spurgeon

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    Would be fine in the return in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaygetz View Post
    Kinda reminds me of the fire sprinkler guys who'd crush my tin 3" with a crowbar to run their mains, "It won't fit any other way..."

    I like it when they cut a hole in each side of the duct and run the line through it.
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