Running electrical wires in garage-- Help!

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Old 01-06-12, 12:36 PM
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Running electrical wires in garage-- Help!

My house was built in 2003, the garage has 1 wall outlet, 1 ceiling outlet (garage door opener) and 1 side door wall light fixture.
The only wall outlet is on the back wall and is very inconvenient, so I would like to run atleast 1 more outlet to the side wall.

Could I splice the new outlet from the outdoor light switch by the side door or should I splice it from the garage door opener outlet?

I would also like to hardwire in a light for my work bench, how should I go about this?


thanks for the help!
 
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Old 01-06-12, 02:10 PM
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Any of those options are possible... but remember, if you're planning on running power tools off this new receptacle, you may end up tripping the fuse/breaker depending on what else is on any of these circuits.

Many people would run a new 20A circuit (at least) to the garage for a workshop so you don't have to worry about overloading any other circuits.

Similarly, the light from your workbench can be connected to any circuit that's not a bathroom, laundry, kitchen or dining room circuit.

I'd recommend a book like Wiring Simplified or other electrical book to get the basics down before tacking either of these projects. Of course, feel free to ask more questions here too!
 
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Old 01-06-12, 02:48 PM
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Consider installing one of those cord reels at the ceiling, maybe fed from the GDO. Mine gets lots of use. It is 14/3 and 25' or so.
 
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If you were to tap the exterior light fixture, most likely the new receptacle would also be switched.

Also the receptacles in the garage need GFI protection.
 
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