I spent some days learning SketchUp for various reasons. One, was to know exactly where my studs were and have a visual record of the spacings. Two, to make a color layout diagram for the permit process. I was all proud at how organized the SketchUp printout was.
But it took forever to get down to the city permit dept, 3 weeks. I tried to go thru the day but work prevented me from being in the area and plus, my work service truck had a challenge finding open parking spaces. So i purposely took this Wednesday off to get this process started.
I took my sexy color SketchUp 3D layout of my 2car garage to the Front Desk Clerk. She directed me to one of 3 “Plans Manager”.
The things I learned:
1.) do NOT use SketchUp to make a remodel diagram. it needs to be in construction form, like what you see on new construction plans. a birds eye view looking down with walls, symbols of outlets, switches, lighting, and the panel. Google search for basic electrical symbols like: 110v duplex outlet is a 0 with 2 lines down the middle while a 220v outlet is a 0 with 3 lines down the middle.
2.) do not use pencil, use pen. it appears some folk edit the plans when they get home and it causes issues with what the inspector is given.
3.) guess-timate the total price tag of the project if you were to contract it out. materials + labor. i’m unsure why this matters, but it was asked.
4.) get there 1st thing in the morning. The Plans Manager is there to tell you what could work and what could not work. This gives you time to edit things and get back there in same day.
So after I ran home and did a free hand layout in pen on a standard 8×10” blank paper… I returned a couple hours later (gotta do this all in one day as it’s hard for myself to get there). He liked what he saw and said go back to front desk to get things stamped and paid for. $108 dollars and my permit is approved.
my 2car garage layout is as follows:
3×220v dedicated circuits (1 reserved for grizzly 3hp DC)
3×110v circuits, 2 plugs each(#1 receptacle being GFCI followed by #2 receptacle being standard)
1×110v circuit, 1 plug being GFCI ceiling mounted for retractable electrical cords
1×110v circuit, 1 plug being GFCI (future Reznor gas blower furnace)
1×110v circuit, 1 plug being GFCI (future air cleaner with timer)
3 x lighting circuits with 3 separate light switches. #1 for wood working, #2 for auto-mechanics, #3 general.
outlets will be 54” high.
running 12/2 romex with 20amp plugs in thru wall studs for plugs. 14/2 for lighting. 10/3 for 220v.
Next, rough in then call the inspector.