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posted 663 days ago

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#1 posted 663 days ago

If it’s one of those fancy dual outlet kind, you can operate your table saw and garage door opener at the same time. ;-)

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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#2 posted 663 days ago

I’ll bet it’s 120 & your TS is 220!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 663 days ago

My guess is that someone had put it in themselves or had a friend do it. They wanted something so they could run a vac or a hand tool and were previously running an extension cord from the house. The solution was to tap into an existing circuit and run a line out there. They only needed one so that is all they put in.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 663 days ago

my 20 car garage has none… but then of course, I live in an apartment building… :-)

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#5 posted 663 days ago

I’m guessing an architect who lives in a HOA compound, whose tool box consists of calling cards and a paper shredder.

-- Brian

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#6 posted 663 days ago

You’re lucky some spec homes only have one in the ceiling for a garage door opener. If there are any on the walls they are required to be gfi’s.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 663 days ago

I’m dealing with a single outlet in my one car garage shop too.
We’re renting so I don’t want to pay to upgrade.

I manage pretty well but could use an extra circuit to run a heater on…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 663 days ago

Jay that may save you lots of money, youll only need one machine !

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#9 posted 663 days ago

When I got my shop building (32’x46’) it came with five outlets and two single-bulb “porceline post with pull chain” light fixtures. No light switches. I’ve since added two outlets and a switch for the light over my workbench. I’ll fix the problem(s) over time with the electrical, but swear just a little bit under my breath every time I plug in another flourescent fixture and trip over an extension cord. I feel your pain.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 663 days ago

If you can afford it, have the electrical in the garage upgraded. My dad and I struggled with jury-rigging extension cords from one outlet at the old house, but the new shop has outlets aplenty. When you think you have enough in the garage, add another just in case. You won’t regret it.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#11 posted 663 days ago

I have only two outlets in my attached , three car, garage in this 8 year old home.

-- In God We Trust

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#12 posted 663 days ago

My 8 year old tract house came with one standard, plus I had 4 added. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand the implications, wasn’t paying attention, and didn’t ask the right questions, so they’re all on the same circuit. I had an electrician add circuits, including 2 220s, later. My panel is at capacity.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#13 posted 662 days ago

When I had my three car garage built 2 years ago, I had a wall installed between the 2 car and 1 car portion of the garage to make my shop. In the shop, the electrician installed 6 outlets all on one 20 amp circuit breaker. When using the dust collector and planer, I would constantly trip the circuit. So last weekend, my neighbor and I installed 3 more outlets on two 20 amp circuit breakers. The dust collector is now on its on breaker. Well worth the effort of upgrading the electricity.

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#14 posted 662 days ago

I still run an extension cord to my front porch to run my DC. I can sometimes run my planer on the garage circuit, but I often blow that breaker. Every bathroom GFCI outlet is on the same breaker. I can’t work in the shop at night during the winter because my three kids are taking showers and usng a space heater upstairs.

So, yeah, the number of plugs isn’t the issue, but rather the capacity and number of your circuits.

-- jay,

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#15 posted 659 days ago

Sorry, got any buddies that are electricians. BBq and beer will get and outlet ran on the weekend.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#16 posted 659 days ago

A lot of places, code for a garage is one outlet and a light..:)

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#17 posted 659 days ago

THAT is why I went overload when I “over-wired” my detached garage. I had a Licensed Electrician do the final hookup ($50) but went much bigger wire than I would ever need, 2-0 for feedwire, and 10-3 inside. Codes are restrictive, but nothing says you cannot over-do it. Still saved $100s—$1,000s…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#18 posted 653 days ago

I just did mine. My 3 car had 3 outlets all 120v. I just put in a 100 amp sub. 8 120v. 4 220v. All on dedicated circuits. lots of lights! Best thing I have invested in for sure.

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#19 posted 652 days ago

My house was built in 1964 and had two original duplex 110VAC, 15A outlets and all additional ones were added by previous owners and myself!

My total is:
3…...110VAC, 15A duplex , including the garage door opener
1…...110VAC, 20A duplex
1…...220VAC, 40A single

I would like another 220VAC, 20A branch but it ain’t gonna happen because I would need a new main panel!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#20 posted 652 days ago

My garage had two, one on the wall and one on the ceiling. They were both on the same GFI circuit that fed both bathrooms as well. Fortunately my father in law is an electrician, so now it is 10 outlets on 2 separate 20 amp circuits. It did take the last two slots in my box, but well worth it. If you can I would consider getting it wired correctly, it will save a lot of frustration.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#21 posted 652 days ago

If you have a garage door opener, check to see if it is on a separate circuit (with 3 doors, it should be!). Mine was. I then plugged in an electrical cord reel and hung it from the ceiling. I could run it just about anywhere in the shop to use on one tool. Since I only used one tool at a time (non-multi-tasker) and my dust collection on the other circuit, it worked out fine.
Then I called my electrician and asked him to put in another line!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#22 posted 652 days ago

You could do what the fellow that owned the house my BIL bought. He needed to power a chest freezer in the old milk parlor off the kitchen. He just pulled an outlet in the kitchen and added a wire to it and strung it along the wall, out to the parlor where he wired it to a surface mounted outlet. Not a bad solution but, the wire he chose was TV antenna wire!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#23 posted 652 days ago


Is that true antenna wire for an AC circuit? That is ….. don’t have the right words. Did he use a splitter for another connection? This could be a humorous thread with all the possible consequences.

I hope you pointed out the issues with that circuit!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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