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Blog series by Holbs updated 247 days ago 8 parts 8622 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: cutting into drywall for romex path

513 days ago by Holbs | 3 comments »

well, i jotted down what i need to do in my garage in order to i know what needs to get down. I was starting to get overwhelmed with everything. so much to do in this garage as it presently is bare bones drywall and structure lumber. and thought it would clear my mind knowing what order to do what. I removed the finished ceiling to get access to rafters for some projects last year. Of course now, I realized i should not of done that, but oh well… will give me practice on installing ...

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Part 2: starting permit process

512 days ago by Holbs | 9 comments »

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:...

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Part 3: permit approved

496 days ago by Holbs | 0 comments »

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...

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Part 4: panelboard, remodel boxes, and pathway: check!

492 days ago by Holbs | 2 comments »

i’ll keep posting my journey of remodeling my 2car garage into a basic functioning work area.So here, I have the panelboard roughed in (I still have to seat it firmly). I decided to keep it low as this will allow more upper wall space for french cleats or cabinets, as you need 15” left of panelboard centerline and 15” right of panelboard centerline as per NEC code and 30” infront.. Those couple feet add up when you have a small work space, so down low out of the ...

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Part 5: 98% ready to call for 1st inspection

457 days ago by Holbs | 2 comments »

oooo… ALMOST ready. Caught myself in the end of doing a major booboo.i “thought” the left buss bar was for neutrals and the right buss bar was for ground. but then i looked at the horizontal bar across the top connecting both. and i remembered my research: you can not connect neutrals and grounds in a sub-panel (this can only happen at the main disconnect panel). so i stopped and had to re-think. i get online and find out i have to order a separate part. PK23GTA is ...

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Part 6: passed rough in & final in one shot!

438 days ago by Holbs | 4 comments »

thanks to LJ (lots of advice on elecrical wiring do’s and dont’s) community…and research just about everything about what to do for electrical add ons, the city inspector came out and was amazed at how “correctly done” and “in code” my rough-in was for someone not being an electrician by trade. he said most small hobby type garage remodels for electrical are disasters (double lugs, bonding grounding bar, wrong wire size, no GFCI in first plug in the ...

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Part 7: completion and after thought comments

415 days ago by Holbs | 3 comments »

To those who are considering adding a single outlet, multiple outlets, 110v, 220v, lighting, and placement… I’ll share my thought process and experience with my remodel. 1.) I’ve never ran an electrical circuit in my life. I couldn’t tell you the difference between 14/2 and 6/3 wire a couple months ago. Everything I learned was from countless hours of YouTube, GarageJournal forum, LumberJock forum, and internet pictures / videos. For LumberJock and GarageForum, ...

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Part 8: reznor natural gas heater, installed and running

247 days ago by Holbs | 1 comment »

my 60,000BTU kerosene heater ran out at the end of september. i have been hesitant to refill as i knew i MUST get my Reznor UDAP60 (60k btu) installed and running. as always, lots of research about city code, professional installations, youtube, hvac forums, this site, etc before i tackle any major project (i consider major as things that can go boom or catch fire). early on, i had a $500 quote of hanging it, venting it, piping it, and testing it. that was out of the question as i fig...

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