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Forum topic by Mike posted 05-14-2011 06:05 AM 1190 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2011 06:05 AM

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So I think that we have all run out of plugs in the woodshop or just needed to add a circuit breaker. I ran into this myself, but here is my deal, I rent! So I can run allot of extension cords and cause major no nos in electrical safety, second ask the land lord to pay for the electrician to come in and install boxes and a breaker and charge the landlord allot of money, or I can do it.

I bring this topic up because it may seem like making dove tails is easier than doing the electrical work yourself. Trust me, I haven’t done this kind of work in years, but a quick trip to the big blue box and a quick conversation with the electrical department guy, and I was all set. One thing that allot of people overlook in hardware stores is the book section. I picked up one for $10 that gives detailed photos and explinations of how to wire allot of different circuits that can be really useful in projects.

With all my parts on the workbench and the book open, within an hour I had all the boxes and outlets wired. The wires are run and the circuit breakers are ready to be installed. Total time to add a total of 8 outlets; about 2 hours. Not too bad to add safety and power availability.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 02:16 PM

I concur…. Its a must have for the DIY. I also have the plumbing book as well.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 02:44 PM

The books are great, and you’re right it’s not difficult to add a circuit. Just make sure to follow the local codes. Here is where the books many times will leave you short of the knowledge you really need. Don’t even ask about the &^()^() at the big box store, They’re typically clueless. Electrical codes are different from state to state and even city to city. In some areas you can use romex wire and in others you must run your wire through metal conduit. Depending on where your shop is located you might need a ground fault circuit. Just because there is not one in the shop today does not mean that the code has not changed. If you’re adding a circuit it must be added per the code that is in effect. The NEC (National Electrical Code) changes every 3 years and is then adopted by local governments. Pick the wrong one and something happens, you will have an issue with your insurance company. With that said I re-wired my entire shop so I would have the right power in the right location. It’s the only way to go.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 03:08 PM

While you were in the big box, did you pick up one of those little yellow circuit testers that has a 3 prong plug and some lights on the other side? It’s only a couple of bucks. This is a VERY handy tool when you are doing your own wiring, because it tells you, exactly, whether you did it right or not. It shows miswires, missing wires, and cross wires. It won’t check your color codes, and it doesn’t know if you’ve used the right guage, but it knows hot/neutral/ground real well.

Whenever I’m working on electrics, I have that tester handy, and it’s the FIRST thing that gets plugged into any new or changed outlet.

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 07:42 PM

well I just finished the staples and the box. All went well and the tester was all green and happy. I didn’t need to rewire any part of it. I started re-plugging in all the tools and was able to pull 3 power strips and 4 extension cables out of the shop. I also did the all important dust collector test. Before, if I had my work light on and would start the DC, the light would dim for 3 to 4 seconds. Now it getting plenty of power and the light just dims for the DC to start. Not bad at all and a very easy project. While cleaning up, I was visited by a little rat snake. Guess I found my next project lol.

I did get this book which has allot of really easy tips and tricks in it:

Smart Guide: Wiring Step by Step Creative Homeowner ISBN: 1-58011-460-1

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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