Shop Renevations #3: Down to the wire... Literaly!!

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Blog entry by Woodshopfreak posted 04-08-2008 06:30 AM 1342 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We finaly finished what seemed like a never ending electrical horror show. we spent one whole day trying ot get a stinking wire through a pipe to the breaker box, well after going one way, the other way, takeing pipe peices apart, puting a fishtape in, nothing worked, so we decided to run our own pipe, we got a bender and put in the pipe pretty quickly. The wires went in really easily. The switch was put in to turn on the CFL lightbulb that is not only eco frendly :) but also is really, really, really, really bright. We also put a single 15 amp circuit on the outside for the dust collector, which will be probbobly the delta 50-760 because it runs off 15 amps. Or one that is in the same price range and power. the inside has a double 20 amp circuit for all the power tools. its looking great. Now the drywall, trim, and paint!!!

Here is the progress



The pipe we ran is on the right, with the little sticker on the end. Looks good :)

-- Tyler, Illinois

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 06:35 AM

Tyler that’s awesome you’re pretty lucky to be getting this at such a young age. I wish I had that much support from family when I was that young. I think going with 20 amp was a good idea. I hope the light is on a different breaker. Have you thought of using plywood instead of drywall? It will make it easier to hang stuff anywhere you want it.


-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 11:41 AM


You are doing well and learning skills that will help you all throughout your life. I am sure you are getting excited about this now that you are entering the home stretch.

Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 11:57 AM

congrats. Dont forget the thank the folks!

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 02:18 PM

Hi Tyler,

Some advice on wirepulling:

Get yourself some mason’s twine and some poly pull line (it’s a cheap, light-weight polyethylene/polypropylene rope [usually in a spool box]). To get the string through the conduit, tie a nice size piece of plastic trash bag to the end and then stuff it into one end of the conduit. Then use a shop vac to suck that through the conduit. Tie the twine to the end of the pull rope and pull it through. Then use the pull rope to get the wires through the conduit.

You could also use an electrician’s fish tape instead of the pull rope. Then you would use the twine to assist in getting the tape through the conduit. Sometimes it takes a bit of pushing and a little tug to get the tape past corners/bends.

Your conduit bending looks pretty nice.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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John Gray

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 04:33 PM

Nice job with the wiring Kiddo!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 04:35 PM

Great looking job! They do make a lubrication for pulling wires.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 04:56 PM

Hi Tyler

Way to go. You and your Dad will have everything done before you know it. Enjoy your postings.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 05:34 PM

Great job. nothing is more frustating than trying to get wires from one place to another.

When trying to get some wires from my home to my shop I buried a new conduit pipe. It was about 300’ and 4 90 deg bends. We put a rope through the pipe as we glued up each section, but it was still hard to get the wires through I placed 2 ethernet cables and a cable tv line in the pipe. the ethernet was for the computer and the other one was for 2 phone lines from the house.

My shop has all metal walls and roof and I can’t get any signals inside the building. Wireless phone, cell phone. nothing so I had to bring in solid wire to get myself live.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 07:40 PM

Looking good Tyler. You are going to love that shop. What size wire did you use. pulling a cable through a pipe that allready has cable in it is next to impossible. Yes, as Matt stated, lighting on one circuit and power on another.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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