A new shop in the making #13: The electrical is done - the roof is done!

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 06-26-2008 02:18 AM 1401 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must congratulate my electrical guys today . They worked like troopers and even figured out my sketches and made suggestions to make it into a really nice shop.
I have T-8 lighting and more outlets than you can shake a stick at.

As I mentioned before I ran my electrics outside the walls so that changes could be made without disturbing the sheeting or insulation.
I have about 8, 220 volt outlets and the rest are 110 volts. All were carried in one 3/4” EMT tube.

The one lower light here is over the area for my lathe.

I’m going up on the roof hopefully, for the last time tonight.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 06-26-2008 02:21 AM

You’ll be making sawdust very soon.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#2 posted 06-26-2008 02:53 AM

Bob – I know what you are saying about those outlets. My former shop was a 5 car garage that I put in 26 outlets including some on the ceiling. I never had to worry about extension cords on the floor or having a place to plug into.

Hope you get that roof done.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 06-26-2008 02:56 AM

Your three steps ahead… Should be finished with the roof by the time you read this…


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#4 posted 06-26-2008 03:03 AM

wow…looks awesome! I’m so jealous! Your a lucky guy..


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#5 posted 06-26-2008 03:08 AM

Bob: I’m interested in your use of so many plugs on I’m guessing not many wires.. Is there only one 220 and one 120 line in each EMT on each side of the circuit panel. How many actual circuits do you have for the shop.

In my shop I made every 220 circuit a separate breaker and every 110 circuit that I put into the panel box is a separate wire.

The original design here has one circuit down each wall with a ground fault in the first plug in leg.

-- 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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#6 posted 06-26-2008 04:30 AM

now thats a lot of outlets! my dads an electrician and i don’t have any where near that much, lol. the shop looks great and its coming along wonderfully. thanks for the post!

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 06-26-2008 05:08 AM

Thanks Guys and Gals.
My theory about outlets is the more the merrier. That doesn’t mean that they will all be drawing juice at the same time but it does translate into fewer cords tangling around the work space.
I have 5- 20 amp 220 circuits and 6- 110 volt circuits.

I hope I am close to having to use my last extension cord.

My gas fitter comes on friday morning so I am nearly ready to go with the tools and finishing, I still have the outside to do but that’s going to be easy after this part.


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#8 posted 06-26-2008 01:58 PM

Hi Bob;

Looking good!

I don’t know what your plans are for the walls, but I used the same materials, (O.S.B.), on my shop walls also.

Adding a couple coats of white semi gloss, or satin paint will brighten up the place ten fold, not to mention making it easier to keep the walls clean. (less sawdust sticks to the walls)

Have fun;


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#9 posted 06-26-2008 02:35 PM

HI Lee:
I thought I would have time to get a sprayer in before the electrical went in but the weather ate all my extra time up getting the roof secured.
I’ll paint it by hand now but it has to wait a bit for the gas fitter to finish.
I am going to put laminate on the floor to ease cleaning up too but here again I have yet to plumb my dust collection lines.
Where is my twin brother when I need him? <vbg>



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#10 posted 06-26-2008 03:55 PM


You have the same philosophy that I do on outlets. It does not mean that you will be drawing on all of them at the same time, especially in a one man shop. But, it is about the convenience of having outlets where you need them.

The T-8 fixtures are the best!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 06-26-2008 05:15 PM

Looking good Bob – It should not take too much work to mask off the outlets & windows and remove the light fittings, spraying would definitely be the way to go, it will save you huge amount of time and paint. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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#12 posted 06-26-2008 06:50 PM

Hi Todd;
At last count I had more than 25 power tools that would be better used if they were plugged in on a continous basis rather than stored in a drawer or shelf. Some of the smaller tools will rest on special shelves above the plugins so I can just put them on the bench as needed. ( 4 sanders for instance) (Sharpening station) etc.

Tony, tonight is taping night and I should be able to spray tomorrow ( 2 hours taping and 45 mins spraying.)
It’s the only way to paint today. I will be using an airless Graco.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 06-26-2008 07:17 PM

Bob, Looking good. Just an observation based on personal experience, laminate flooring with a light film of sawdust on it is REALLY
slick. Just my .02

enjoy your new shop!

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#14 posted 06-26-2008 07:31 PM

Grumpy carp, I was wondering about that too when I went looking at it.
If I end up with too much texture then the other problem with the dust comes back <g>
Can it be much different from hardwood?


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#15 posted 06-26-2008 11:30 PM

A couple skylights would have looked killer…


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