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11-05-2012 09:04 PM

One! That’s the number of wall electrical outlets in the three car garage of the house we recently bought. I mean, really. Is this normal or am I just lucky? And this is a relatively new house, say within the last ten years or so.

Sorry but I just had to vent since I’ve never seen anything like this before. I feel better now.


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#1 posted 11-05-2012 09:15 PM

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

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 09:25 PM

I’ll bet it’s 120 & your TS is 220!!!

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 09:29 PM

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 11-05-2012 09:30 PM

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

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 09:30 PM

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 11-05-2012 09:52 PM

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 11-05-2012 09:53 PM

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 11-05-2012 09:55 PM

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

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 10:06 PM

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.

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 10:23 PM

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.

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#11 posted 11-06-2012 03:16 AM

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

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#12 posted 11-06-2012 03:22 AM

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.

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#13 posted 11-06-2012 03:28 AM

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 11-06-2012 03:34 AM

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 11-09-2012 09:21 PM

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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