Garage Remodel #4: panelboard, remodel boxes, and pathway: check!

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 03-25-2013 03:29 AM 2095 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i’ll keep posting my journey of remodeling my 2car garage into a basic functioning work area.
So here, I have the panelboard roughed in (I still have to seat it firmly). I decided to keep it low as this will allow more upper wall space for french cleats or cabinets, as you need 15” left of panelboard centerline and 15” right of panelboard centerline as per NEC code and 30” infront.. Those couple feet add up when you have a small work space, so down low out of the way it will go (there is no code as how low it can go).

I decided to use double gang remodel boxes for the 220v outlets. I actually had them for free, plus it will give more space for future add-ins and more storage space with the 10gauge wire in the box itself. I did purchase the deeper single gang remodel boxes for the GFCI outlets, as they are slightly more bulkier than normal outlets. All boxes are more or less 52” center from bottom.

Drilling holes thru studs. Ug. I nearly gave up on this. I started off with a regular dewault 18v drill and realized pretty fast, this is not going to work. I borrowed my work’s right angle drill, purchased a Irwin speed bore 1/2” bit. Much better! Drill the holes dead center of the stud (mine are 2×4’s) as per code, you need to be a specific distance away from both ends (1 1/8”? I have it written down but can not remember the exact measurement). There is no code on the distance up and down you drill holes, so I drilled 1 hole dedicated for each 220v wire, and 1 hole for 2 110v wires. But I encountered nails over and over and over again. Very frustrating. But eventually, 95% holes drilled. I have some studs that will require one of those flex bits as the right angle drill and bit will not penetrate 2 or 3 studs lined up. Plus, will need the long flex bit to penetrate through the top plate to bring down my lighting and center ceiling plug.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 08:17 AM

I did some wiring in my shop a while back and after completing the work, I realized why electricians charge what they do for their work. I enjoyed learning from this DIY project and saving a little money too. Keep up the good work.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 12:01 AM

i’m only blogging the electrical and lighting remodel so that others who are thinking about it know what to roughly expect from road blocks to permit process to other things that pop up.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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