One more question, I'm planning to run a new subpanel to my garage... I'm only putting 1 circuit in for now, mostly because I just don't have easy access to the walls because of materials I'm storing for other projects. Eventually I'll put in more circuits, but for now I want a few outlets, the garage door openner and lights. I also don't have any outside outlets at all.
Any reason that this 1 circuit in the garage would have to have seperate circuits for any of this? I believe I'm under 2008 NEC at this point, so it'd all be tamper-proof GFCI. Just need to know since I'm filling out my permit to turn in tommorrow and fees are based in part on number of circuits.
Please do NOT consider any "before" picture of my house as any kind of endorsement of any particular construction method. In fact, you should probably assume that if I post a "before" picture, I am posting it because I am soliciting advice on a proper replacement for one of MANY things done wrong by a previous owner.
I prefer to keep the lighting separate from the receptacle circuits but it is not required. It does add more flexibility when larger tools are used. You could wire this as 2 circuits and pigtail them into one at the subpanel until later.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.