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Patrick Jaromin

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 07:41 PM

In my neck-o-the-woods, all electrical circuits must be run in conduit…Romex is foribidden by local codes. Since you’re considering using Romex, I’m guessing that’s not the case in your area, however I would seriously consider using it anyway. It’s tons easier to, say upgrade a 15A circuit to 20A simply by pulling 12ga. wire to replace the existing 14ga…not such a simple feat with Romex. Additionally, you can run conduit on the interior wall and place boxes in convenient spots to more readily “branch off” to add new circuits or outlets for existing circuits in new locations.

Additionally, the metal conduit acts as the ground and it’s therefore much more difficult to improperly ground a circuit.

Just my 2 cents.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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