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Garage Mod

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by JDMcQ, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. Nov 7, 2009 at 3:36 PM
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    JDMcQ

    JDMcQ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Back in June, we moved in to a new-to-us house. I finally got my two car garage (which if currently full of crap). The brilliant folks that built this place only put two 15 amp outlets in the garage, right next to each other and tied to the outlets in the bathrooms. As you can imagine that would not do. I couldn't run the welder or compressor.

    I decided to take matters in my own hands and remedy the situation.

    The plan is for 2 separate, 20 amp circuits and roughly 15 outlets including 2 on the ceiling for cord reels. I also plan on running as much as possible down through the walls from the attic to minimize drywall work (I hate drywall work). I got one of the circuits done the other night. Today I ran the welder and compressor without a hiccup.

    Many thanks to Pdopy3 for his advice and guidance.


    The first outlet, GFCI, of course.
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    As I worked down the wall, I had to cut in to some drywall, there was no access from the attic at the door end of the garage. I carefully cut out sections of drywall, notched the studs for the wire and covered it with metal plates. The drywall sections popped right back in.
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    Between the doors, I installed a surface mounted double outlet, the conduit also runs to one of the ceiling outlets.

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    Two orange lights, good stuff.

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  2. Nov 7, 2009 at 3:51 PM
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    If you are doing all that work you should run you some PVC for remote air outlets through out the garage. I did this in my garage and it was pretty inexpensive and really helpful.

    Looks great by the way!!
     
  3. Nov 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM
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    JDMcQ

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    I was thinking of that for phase 2. I have to get a shed for all my yard rap and figure out where the compressor will live before i get into plumbing for air.

    Thanks, I really hate extension cords.
     
  4. Nov 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    I hear you there! I just want a house that I can do that with, i hate living in base housing!
     
  5. Nov 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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  6. Nov 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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    Did you think of running one cable to the panel and putting a small sub-panel inthe garage?
    That way as you find more things to plug in you'd be covered.
     
  7. Nov 7, 2009 at 4:05 PM
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    JDMcQ

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    The thought did cross my mind. But I figured 15 outlets should cover me. I can always run more circuits from the panel if I need to, it wasn't that bad, once I figured out a path.
     
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