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#1 posted 09-10-2016 11:54 PM

I was weighing my options about surface-mount vs drywall and here’s some of my reasonings:

Hacking up and fixing drywall cost me about four hours time.
It’s in a garage and I don’t have to do a very good job on the repair
It’s in a garage and I don’t have to worry too much about all the drywall dust mess
If I were to try to sell the house tomorrow, my lousy drywall repair in the garage wouldn’t be a hinderance. It’s a garage
THHN wire is expensive – especially since I’d have to buy different colors.
I’m not experienced with conduit bending and it would take me more time than drywall – especially after a dozen trips to Lowes Depot for parts that electricians stock in their trucks.
All my power stuff is mostly on one side of the garage. I only needed to hack one wall.

I also pulled a building permit when I installed mine. On the rough-in the inspector made me add some more romex staples. It was only eight staples and he waited while I added them. On the final, all he did was open the subpanel and verify that I had separated the neutral from the ground (which I had already done).

I figured that pulling a permit was a much cheaper way of having my work inspected than hiring an electrician.

If I had to do over again, I should have just made one cut in the drywall about six inches above the floor and should have used a couple 2×4’s as a guide. Instead I stupidly free-handed cut a slot as you can see in the first picture.

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