||05-11-2010 03:40 PM
New Circuit to outside front porch - need help
I am setting to do a new circuit to run power out to my front porch. The run has to go the length of the house inside; exit the house through 18 inches of 205 year old brick; make a 90 and go up through the porch floor to the porch. I have lots of questions. Please supply answers as appropriate. :thumbup:
1. 1 circuit or two? I want to feed two outdoor ceiling fans and three quadplex recs. My intention (unless my intention is wrong) is to run one 20 amp circuit. Recs on the porch that will occasionally supply an extra fan, a laptop charger, boom-box - that sort of thing. Two on either side of the porch to supply holiday lights, yard tools, etc. [SD any thoughts on calculating load for Xmas -keeping in mind that my extravaganza is large, but not as big as yours....]
2. Newbie question: how do I run it out of the house (yes, I know I need a big, slow drill). Do I make the run to the wall, install a box, run through conduit through the wall, 90 bend and conduit up through the porch?
If I do this do I have to use individual conductors? Or can I use cable in the conduit for the purposes of 'protecting' the cable? I want to traverse around 30 inches in the conduit.
If I end up running two circuits can I run the cable through the conduit?
3. Am I better to GFCI the circuit(s?) or the outlets? It's around 60 feet from my front porch to my panel.
4. How should I wire it so I can efficiently and easily accomplish my set up? I'm stuck at trying to figure out how to run power to the ceiling fan and recs. Guess I'm gonna need a BIG box.
5. Power to the ceiling fan has to run outside the home up the exterior of a wall 15 feet to an exposed ceiling. What should I run this in to minimize ugliness and meet code? Is there such a thing is exterior wire-mold? (I know, yuck, but there's no running wire through an 18 inch thick brick wall.)
6. Maybe, I've talked myself into two circuits, heck, I've got room. One circuit would feed one side of the exterior lights, the other two sets of quad recs and the ceiling fans.
Any other helpful suggestions are eagerly welcomed. THANKS!