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#1 posted 05-03-2009 12:11 PM

The guy who owned my house before me had installed a breaker box in the garage. That was about the only good thing he did. To keep a short story short, he installed the breaker box on one circuit (15 amp) that ran off the main panel. It was like using a funnel upside down.
When I started get serious about woodwrecking, I started flipping breakers left and right. I was lucky enough to have a tax refund coming in at the time so called up a good electrician and had them add several outlets around the garage and bolster all of the circuits to 20 amps. The first thing he did was upgrade the breaker on the main panel so the garage would have enough current.
While I paid a chunk to have it done, it was very reassuring to have it done by a professional. If you are confindent in your abilities, go for it and save some cash. If not, call a pro.
As far as lighting goes, I’ve noticed that lighting is kind of like clamps, you can never have enough. I have three flourescent fixtures hanging from the ceiling of my 2-car garage and I still use task lighting at almost every work station I have. As my eyes get older I need more and more light to make sure I am working safe.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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