Electrical – Can an open junction box be allowed over an enclosed ceiling


I am renovating my basement and there is currently a suspended ceiling. After removing some of the tiles I noticed there are some junction boxes without covers. I want to replace the suspended ceiling with drywall. Do I have to cover up the boxes? Or should I be doing this all differently?

Best Answer

Nope on "covering-up", but Yep to put the original or new covers on them.

Junction boxes & any other electrical boxes have to remain accessible & so do all plumbing valves. Home Improvement places have access doors, panels & covers for all sizes of holes you'll need to leave in the drywall.