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Old 02-24-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Adding receptacles in garage


I'm trying to add receptacles into my garage as I'm currently limited to a single GFCI.

I have a two-story house with the garage underneath one of the bedrooms, so I don't have any access to run romex in the ceiling/attic space. The sub-panel with breakers for all the branch circuits (duplexes/light fixtures/etc.) throughout the house.

Here is what I'm hoping to do - feel free to burst my bubble or point out what you might see as a problem:

- feed Romex through the bottom of the panel (flush mount) down the wallspace
- come out of the wall below the panel using a wiremold box to feed into a small surface raceway to feed the receptacles I want to add

I can handle the surface raceway part... my concern is that I'll hit a snag with what I want to do with coming out of the panel through the bottom.

I realize I'll have to take the cover off to see what I have to work with.

All that said, can anyone think of anything that could cause me grief? I want to be aware of as much as possible before I start this.

Thanks!

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Old 02-25-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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Surface mounted wiremold is usually OK. If you don't feel you are up to the task of connecting at the panel, get a pro. And don't forget the inspection.

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Old 02-25-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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If I were an inspector, I would not accept wiremold in a garage at any height that it could be damaged by a vehicle (doors, bumpers, etc).

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Whether Wiremold is acceptable in a garage is up to the individual jurisdiction. It is an acceptable wireway as long as it is rated for the location and as far as I know Wiremold is fine anywhere as long as it's a dry location.
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If I were an inspector, I would not accept wiremold in a garage at any height that it could be damaged by a vehicle (doors, bumpers, etc).

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I hadn't even thought of that - but that is a good point. Fortunately my house is on a slight incline. The garage has approx. 18-24" of foundation concrete AFF inside the garage. I was actually going to be mounting even higher than that, so if we were to ever use our "2" car garage for vehicles it would be out of the way.
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right don't forget the inspection. lol

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