It’s difficult working on a shop when it is 400 miles away. I’m only working in the city where my new house is for 7 days a month, so time has been short in trying to get the wiring, insulating and finishing done between shift work. Had all the electrical roughed in and 2/3 of the insulating and vapour barrier up…and then the electrician stopped by. The plan was to get a separate 100 amp service put into the garage due to some difficulty getting a line from the house to the garage. I had hired an electrician to coordinate this with the electrical utility and put the breaker panel in, I’d do all the other simple wiring of the receptacles and lights. I’d set the garage up for 3 separate 120V, 20 amp circuits, each supplying several receptacles. This was dutifully wired with 12/2. The electrician casually noted on his visit that the 12/2 wire that I’d ran was rated for baseboard heaters, not receptacles and would not pass inspection. At this point I may have said some bad words. Ok, a lot of bad words. Switching the wire would require me to take all the 1/4 ply off the walls that I’d put up, and then remove all the vapour barrier and insulation and then replace it all. Time was short…most of the work in the garage needs to be done before I more my tools in…I caved. The electrician will now take my money and re-do the electrical work, and the general contractor doing renos on my house will take my money and finish insulating the garage, and then put drywall up (horror!). The upside is that the garage will be done when I’m ready to move in, the downside is that I have to part with more of my money, and a bit of my pride.
-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario