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Old 01-31-2013, 08:38 PM   #16
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I think your best bet is to call up the person who will connect everything up for you, and have them over to draw some plans up. Your question is a lot more complicated than just running wire. How you will run them depends on the layout of the room, joist and rafters, where you can draw power from, etc.

but, if you can't get a hold of them, how about some pictures of the whole space you would like help with. Add a list of everything you want to plug in as well, and where you want them. Tell everyone what you would like to have switches on, if any.

Running the wires correctly depends on the number of breakers that are going to have to be used, and what you will be using will tell us how many breakers you are going to need.

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:22 PM   #17
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I did something similar to this in my garage woodshop- ceiling mounted outlets because I'm not sure where I will end up having cabinets or shelving yet, and I have an open attic above that made the cabling a snap. Add on some retractable extension cords and you are good to go.

When calculating the load on the system for breakers, be sure to consider how many tools may be running at the same time. For instance, I cannot dream up a situation wherein my table saw and my mitre saw would be running at the same time. However if you have an air compressor, that may kick on at any time while running another tool (if left plugged in).
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All these receptacles will need to be GFI protected. Although I'm a little confused on if this is considered finished or unfinished. If it's finished, AFCI protection would be required.
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Forget running any wiring, the most you should do is possibly locate where you want your receptacle boxes. Then let the electrician determine gfci or afci. Let him run the wiring.
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I thought this was a DIY site where people could go for help not criticism... I guess I was wrong...
I was not criticizing you; just offering a suggestion. Even if you're not personally hooking up the receptacles, get that Wiring Simplified book and read it.

I have worked with electricity (up to thousands of volts) for almost 50 years and have seen one person electrocuted. I tend to overreact when I see threads that start out "I really know nothing about electricity but. . . ."
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I was not criticizing you; just offering a suggestion. Even if you're not personally hooking up the receptacles, get that Wiring Simplified book and read it.

I have worked with electricity (up to thousands of volts) for almost 50 years and have seen one person electrocuted. I tend to overreact when I see threads that start out "I really know nothing about electricity but. . . ."
My point exactly. Romex these days is relatively fragile. Not nearly as tough as the old stuff. It's very easy to damage it while pulling it in. Also, there are whole ton of rules related to protecting it from physical damage and from drywall screws. Also, I have seen may instances of damage from staples driven too tight, cable stapled on edge and even staples driven right through the cable. To believe that no special skills are necessary to install Romex is incorrect thinking.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. EVERY part of an electrical installation requires care and skills and every part can kill people or start fires.

There are plenty of VERY careful DIYer's out there who do a good job. The OP's posts and questions so far indicate that he/she is not at that level yet.

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