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Old 03-19-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Electric on side wall of Garage

We have run into a major problem and before we go any further we need advice. When we bought our house the previous owners moved the laundry room to the front of the house...and in doing that they ran gas pipes across the top of the garage door...so the garage door is non functioning. We turned it therefore into a playroom for the kids...and this week decided it would be really great to have an entrance going outside for them to play. We cut out the sheetrock very carefully between the studs...and when we moved the insulation over...there was all of these wires...coming from the panel box which is also on the same wall but at the other end of the garage...there are many electric cables...maybe 6 or 7...so we stopped...Fortunatly we can just buy a new piece of sheetrock if we have to but are willing to call in an electrician and get an estimate...My question is...are we wasting money to have someone check it out or is it possible to have all of these cables rerouted above where the door would be...We have already been told when we bought the house that we needed to upgrade the electric wiring and panel...so would this all fall into the same category and kill 2 birds with one stone??? Please Help...Thank You so much


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Old 03-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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Anything can be done if you have enough money.
Easyest way may be to pick a differant wall for the door.


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Old 03-19-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Welcome audsdaughter.....it would help to put your location in your profile.

Pictures also help.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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If you have the money for the changes then get some estimates. The rerouting of the wires is probably not as big an issue as you think. If you need a new service and you can afford to do it now would be the time to get someone in to do everything all at once. Don't let some pipes or wires that are in the way interfere with your plans for what you want to use that room for.
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Moving the service is not to expensive and upgrading at this time would be advised unless your current service is sufficient.
So what size service do you have?
What type of appliances do you have? Gas? Electric?

These questions answered might get you a better response here on the forum.
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Electric on side wall of Garage

Thank you so much for all of the replies...We are in Central New Jersey

There is no other wall to put the door on...I know we could put it on the front by changing out the whole garage door, etc...but that would not give us the access to the back yard we are looking for...and we could just as easily walk out the front door...It would be really nice for the kids to access the backyard from the playroom, especially on nice days...

We have Gas for the stove, dryer, hot water tank and heat but there are no pipes in the wall or they are very high up above where a door header would have to be put......and of course Electric..
But I have no idea what service...We have an electrician coming this afternoon...so hopefully it will be good news...
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Originally Posted by audsdaughter View Post
they ran gas pipes across the top of the garage door...so the garage door is non functioning.
If there is this kind of short-cut job already done in your house, it may be a good idea to consult a professional before undertaking any more work. Most will come give you a free estimate and scope of the work that needs to be done.

Personally, getting the existing door to be usable by fixing the previous owners' mistakes would be my #1 priority over adding another door. Have to love previous owners


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