If you are running NM-B (romex) in the garage, it will need to be protected from possible damage or wet conditions if they are present. If the garage is open to animals that may crib, then running a bx or ac flex would be needed. NM cable can be run in conduit providing it is in a dry location.I have renovated my house and installed new wiring. As part of the electrical renovations, I had a wire run to a detached garage that runs from the back of the house, under the deck and then underground where it comes back up at the side of the garage. Apparently, according to my licensed electrician, this is all kosher.
I have a "pony panel" (which I assume is a sub-panel) that will be mounted in the garage with the wire from the house.
OK, so now I'd like to wire my garage with outlets and lighting. My issue is that this is an older garage and has exposed 2x4's and the walls are not that high - maybe only 7 feet or so. When I put a new door in the side of the garage, it went from bottom to top (I had reinforced the top of the door and had a few 2x4's on top of each other. As such, I can't really run the wire through the studs as is the general practice because the door is in the way. I could potentially run it the other way around the garage, but then I have to pass the long way around the garage and have to go above the Garage Door.
So, is it possible to use conduit instead to have the wires run through and have them on top of the joists in the garage? (of course, they would be secured) This would obviously make my life that much easier.
Conversely, I could run it to the door and then poke it above the header plate and then back down on the other side of the door.
It's a pretty "raw" garage, so aesthetics is less of a concern.
Thanks in advance!