|Forum topic by Stacey||posted 02-20-2008 10:04 PM||7458 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-20-2008 10:04 PM
Thanks again to everyone who offered advise for my shop lighting. I picked up my fixtures today and will end up running 3 rows of 8’ T8s the length of my shop. Very exciting to finally be able to see in workspace!
Now on to the shop wiring. The shop is 18’ x 32’ and I will be running an underground line from my house’s main panel. For the shop itself, I picked up a 100 amp box and 12/2 wire when I bought the light fixtures. I am planning on placing outlets spaced every 48” at around 48” high. As I don’t have any of my equipment wired for 220 yet, I thought the 12/2 would work fine. I am planning on putting my tablesaw, dust collector, and compressor on their own circuit. Should my planer have its’ own circuit also? Normally how many outlets do you group onto one circuit? Every third or fourth one?
I had initially thought about running whatever 220 lines I might eventually need but my reservation for doing this is that I know I’m going to end up moving equipment around until I have a better feel for my machine layout so I am a bit hesitant to wire in the 220 only to have to put in more later or rerun some of the lines. As it stands right now, I have the capability to convert my tablesaw, lathe, and dust collector to 220 and am planning on adding a bandsaw in the next year or two. So things will definitely change positions as time goes on.
I’m thinking that I’ll just leave all my machines set up on 120 until I am more firm on where I want everything. Since I live in Georgia with a mild winter, I am planning on waiting a little while on the insulation and sheetrock so updating the 220 wiring in a few months will not be an issue. Also, waiting on that let’s me pay off some of my other shop building expenses!
Just wondering what others have done in this situation or what they think of my idea. Thanks again.
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