Where to run cable in wall

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Old 03-13-11, 10:19 AM
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Where to run cable in wall

Ok, now I'm doing outlet circuits in the walls of my garage. I would like the outlets mounted at 52" from the floor, is this ok ? If I'm going thru a stud, with the cable, to the outlet, should the cable be above, or below the outlet box, and how far ?
 
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Will you have wall cabinets above the receptacles? If so, I would run the wire below the receptacle boxes. Stay low enough to make it easier to get the cable in the bottom of the box and to secure the cable to the stud. Just my 2 cents. Others may have different ideas.
 
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Never gave the cabinet thing a thought, good idea, yes, someday, sooner or later, I would probably want to have some cabinets above the recepticles.
 
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48" will put you at the break of your sheetrock for minimal cut out, and will be above your base cabinets and below possible uppers. Just a good average that won't get in the way.
 
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If you're not planning on drywall, emt might be a good idea if even for asthetic reasons.
 
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Not to hijack, but a question on aesthetics that may pertain to OP as well. Most garage floors are sloped, would you mount all boxes level from one end or just use a storystick for each box?
 
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Story stick from the ceiling.
 
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Kinda what I thought, most people don't notice the slope that much.
 
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Ok, I'm not going to finish my garage in sheetrock, I'm using 7/16" OCB to do ceiling and walls with. Please feel free to tell me if I'm planing or doing anything wrong ! What is a "Story Stick" ? What is "EMT" ? Why would you measure from ceiling instead of floor ?
 
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What is a "Story Stick" ? What is "EMT" ? Why would you measure from ceiling instead of floor ?
A Story Stick is a stick with the desired measurement marked on it. Takes the place of a tape measure or ruler where all the measurements will be the same value.

Measuring from the ceiling keeps the boxes level with each other(if the ceiling is level).

EMT is Electrical Metal Tubing. Sometimes called thin-walled conduit.
 
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Check with your local codes about OSB as your main wall covering, make sure its not prohibited.
 
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I see it everywhere around here in garages, but that doesn't mean it's right, I know ! Thanks !
 
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I'm curious chopnhack, why would OSB be prohibited for a garage wall? It is used on the outside, so it can't be for any safety reasons. Just wondering.
 
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I Think OSB is probably acceptable for walls that don't abut the living space. Not the ceiling though if its connected to the house attic. Fire codes and all.

My last place in VA had pegboard on the outside wall, bare studs underneath.
 
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Old 03-15-11, 10:37 AM
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I'm curious chopnhack, why would OSB be prohibited for a garage wall? It is used on the outside, so it can't be for any safety reasons. Just wondering.
Something about combustibles and it not being approved for fire rating. I couldnt quote you the exact code, but it would not constitute a 2hr fire assembly whereas drywall is quite non combustible.
 
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That only applies to the walls that abut living spaces. A good majority of the time the outside walls of a garage arent even finished, and are left up to the homeowners discrection.
 
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