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Mechanicals + Garage Electrical Tour

Hey everyone, I'm excited to share the latest update on my property journey! When I first bought this place, there was some serious work to be done on the electrical setup. I had to bring in the electrical company to install a new meter and transformer.

big trucks with electricians on it

They handled the heavy lifting, like putting up poles and running lines, but the rest was up to me – from the meter to the house.

Now, electrical work isn't something I could tackle solo, so I enlisted the help of a friend who's an electrician. Together, we've been working on getting the garage roughed in, and I'm thrilled to walk you through the progress.

First off, let's talk about the main electrical line. It runs around the house, buried about three to three-and-a-half feet deep in schedule 80 3-inch PVC. Before it enters the garage, it switches over to metal conduit (EMT) for added durability. Inside the garage, we've opted to run everything in conduit for a clean, industrial look and easy future modifications.

The main trunk line, a three-quarter-inch conduit, stretches across the length of the garage, serving as the backbone for all our circuits. From there, we branch off to individual circuits, ensuring easy access for future adjustments or additions.

outlet with wiring

Now, you might be wondering why we didn't just run everything inside the walls. Well, for one, working with metal conduit is much easier than cutting into metal boxes inside walls. Plus, it gives me the flexibility to adapt the layout as my needs evolve.

As for lighting, I've installed 48-inch LED lights throughout the garage, sourced from a company in Texas called Prime Lights. These lights, coupled with the conduit setup, provide ample illumination and future expansion options.

Looking ahead, I'm considering installing jackshaft openers for the garage doors. With high lift doors, cable tension shouldn't be an issue, but I'll keep an eye on it. The goal is to have everything roughed in by the weekend, with framing for the upstairs already underway.

Thanks for joining me on this electric adventure! Stay tuned for more updates, including framing progress and future projects. Until next time, happy building!

mr and mrs post frame

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