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Clutchcargo 04-03-2007 10:58 AM

New electrical in renovation
 
I doing a renovation on my house and I plan on rewiring everything. I have about 2/3s of the house down to studs and am living in the last 1/3. Currently there is only 1 outlet/room so my plan is to overkill and put an outlet every 6 feet and have each room on its own breaker.

The second floor will have a total of 6 circuits.
Bathroom 2-20A GFCI & 1-15A
Bedrooms 3-15A AFCI, I'm going to power the entry way interior/exterior lights, and smokes with the smallest-bedroom circuit.
Does this sound reasonable?

It's a relatively small house so I plan on using 2x3s on nonstructural walls to gain an extra inch of living space. When I run electrical through the 2x3 walls do I need a nailing plate on both sides? Is there going to be a problem fitting boxes in these walls?

Am I allowed to add 2 outlets in the same stud bay on each side of a shared wall?

Does it matter what height the holes are for the wires in the studs? I was thinking around 2' so that I can keep it consistent throughout the house, be able to clear windows, and I think this is an area least likely to be nailed with picture hangers and such.

When adding wire in insulated walls, should I go through the insulation or on top of the vapor barrier?

Finally, for now, the panel is in the basement and is on the side of the house that is not demo'ed yet. I need to find a way to get from the cellar to the second floor. The wall that currently contains the existing wires is planned for demolition so following those wires up won't work. Is there anything I should look for or look out for? Can I run the wires next to the chimney?

TIA
Cliff

Clutchcargo 04-04-2007 07:43 PM

TTT
Any ideas?
Thanks

Brik 04-05-2007 10:32 AM

I'm not a pro but I'll take a stab at your questions....

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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
I doing a renovation on my house and I plan on rewiring everything. I have about 2/3s of the house down to studs and am living in the last 1/3. Currently there is only 1 outlet/room so my plan is to overkill and put an outlet every 6 feet and have each room on its own breaker.

Check with wife, if you have one, I did something similar and aesthetically its not the greatest.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
The second floor will have a total of 6 circuits.
Bathroom 2-20A GFCI & 1-15A
Bedrooms 3-15A AFCI, I'm going to power the entry way interior/exterior lights, and smokes with the smallest-bedroom circuit.
Does this sound reasonable?

yes
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
It's a relatively small house so I plan on using 2x3s on nonstructural walls to gain an extra inch of living space.

OK
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
When I run electrical through the 2x3 walls do I need a nailing plate on both sides?

Its a good idea if this wall will be finished both sides. maybe not a requirement but better safe than sorry.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
Is there going to be a problem fitting boxes in these walls?

No. Personally I like to use the largest box possible, makes things easier.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
Am I allowed to add 2 outlets in the same stud bay on each side of a shared wall?

Yes, back to back may be impossible with 2x3 walls though.

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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
Does it matter what height the holes are for the wires in the studs?

No - If 2' is convenient for you then go for it. I go about 12" above my boxes so I can staple within 6" or so of the box. I snap chalk line so all my holes line up. It makes pulling wire easier.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
I was thinking around 2' so that I can keep it consistent throughout the house, be able to clear windows, and I think this is an area least likely to be nailed with picture hangers and such.

yup
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
When adding wire in insulated walls, should I go through the insulation or on top of the vapor barrier?

Through the insulation. Actually you wire first then insulate. if using batts you can split them so insulatin is behind and in front.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
Finally, for now, the panel is in the basement and is on the side of the house that is not demo'ed yet. I need to find a way to get from the cellar to the second floor. The wall that currently contains the existing wires is planned for demolition so following those wires up won't work. Is there anything I should look for or look out for? Can I run the wires next to the chimney?

Sounds like you want to find an easy chase from new work to elec panel. Not sure about chimney. Fire blocking may be a concern as well as securing the wires. If you need to demo a little more to have a decent, easy to navigate, wire chase I would do it now.
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Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 39393)
TIA
Cliff

NP

I didn't give any thought to things you may have missed in your plan. Nothing jumps out as really bad. Good luck.


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