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Yet Another Workshop Blog #2: Fear, Loathing and Failure

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Blog entry by Manitario posted 1122 days ago 1255 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil



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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 1122 days ago

I believe 10/2 is code here in Mb as well, it is odd that 12/2 is code for heaters…isn’t that a lighter gauge of wire? I don’t know if I have ever seen 12/2 here, now I am going to have to look.

Yeah it is frustrating when the work has to get re-done, especially when you have to pay someone else to correct it! As you’ve said though the upside is it will be turn key ready by time you are moving in!

I look forward to seeing the projects that come out of the ‘new’ shop!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Manitario

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#2 posted 1121 days ago

There is a definite advantage to letting someone else do the work for me, but I lose the satisfaction of having done it myself, I guess it’s the price I have to pay for sanity! Maybe I’m really incorrect about the wiring but I thought that 12/2 was code for 20 amp circuits, 10/2 for 30 amp. The problem with the red jacketed wire I used is that the inside wires are black and red, rather than black and white, which makes sense as a baseboard heater would be 240V and have two hot wires where a normal circuit would have a hot and a neutral. Leaving it as is would make sense to me (I’d just use the red wire as the neutral) but I can see why the inspector would not be happy with it…it was a stupid mistake on my part not to notice this before I ran it all…lesson learned!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 1120 days ago

I am by no means an expert in wiring, I leave that to my electrical engineer brother who understands it. I, at best, can match black to black and white to white and even then I’m nervous about turning the breaker back on LOL!

Some lessons are just more deeply ingrained when they hurt more. It is to be hoped that the rest of the shop build goes smoothly!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 1120 days ago

You could have used the red as the neutral just as long as you redesinated it as a neutral line with white eletrical tape ….. well atleast here in Maryland is is exceptable by our inspectors and i realy couldnt see why it wouldnt be their either …..

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Manitario

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#5 posted 1120 days ago

Gone…makes perfect sense to me…I’m not sure why this was an issue for the inspector…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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