I’ll share this blog going from start to finish. The purpose of this blog is to show other’s who need to understand the process of getting permits to add electrical sub-panels, 110v and 220v outlets and lights, install a natural gas fired hanging furnace (mine is a Reznor UDAP 60k btu). I want to go the correct way to do things by code to appease insurance agents and re-selling agents in the future.
Yesterday (sunday 3-4-13), I needed to know the options to run my electrical: on the wall conduit, or internal thru studs. I picked up 250’ 12/2 romex and plenty of blue boxes at an auction, I wanted to see if a pathway thru studs would work as this would be the very economical solution in my situation. The major gripe about thru studs is no future work or edits. The major gripe about on the wall conduit is not code to use romex, visible, obstructions on wall itself, and spendy for all the parts. So i was thinking of running the 12/2 (possibly 12/3 for 220v outlets) thru the studs but leave future access panels for edits later on. This should solve both problems.
My background: 22’x22’ 2 car garage, attached, no insulation, no ceiling drywall open to rafters & joists, clay tiles, stucco walls.
Today, called the city inspector office to see what’s involved to start the permit process. The gentleman kindly asked what I had in mind, I explained it all, then he said it would be best to come in with a diagram of the end result of what I wanted… and talk to the plans manager for a little bit (not the inspectors themselves as they are usually out and about). They are open 8:00am-3:30pm. I’ll try to scoot over thru the week (I do have full time job).
When I got home, I took my tablet device and took pictures of the main electrical box and fuses (which has 3 open fuse slots on a 125A box), general picture of the garage, specific picture of the location where I plan to install the Reznor UDAP heater, the drywall cutouts for the 12/2 wire runs, general location of where I plan to install the sub-panel, the outside wall where the Reznor will penetrate outside. And now to learn Sketch-Up pretty quickly.
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