Wiring project of the day

Re: Wiring project of the day

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:59 pm

Rob R. wrote:New project - my garage has always been powered via a single 20 amp circuit breaker. This includes all lighting, a full size refrigerator, and a pool pump. Honestly I am surprised the breaker has never tripped when using a vacuum, etc.

When I bought this house it had the old fashioned 60 amp entrance with those big plug fuses that look like shotgun shells. We ran an electric water heater, electric range, electric clothes dryer, dishwasher with a heating element, and the rest of the house. I still don't understand why the fuses never blew when we toasted bread along with everything else. :?: :?: :?:
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane


Re: Wiring project of the day

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:16 pm

If your water heater was on a timer, and you never used more than a couple burners on the range, I could see how you could get by...but it must have been pretty close. Hopefully someone didn't "fix' the fuses with a penny behind each one.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Wiring project of the day

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:41 pm

Rob R. wrote:New project - my garage has always been powered via a single 20 amp circuit breaker. This includes all lighting, a full size refrigerator, and a pool pump. Honestly I am surprised the breaker has never tripped when using a vacuum, etc. The wire feeding it is ancient, and there are signs of overheating in one of the junction boxes. Time to split the load on two circuits, and eliminate the old wire & splices. I am also going to add an outlet and lights to the attic over the garage. Hoping to have this wrapped up in the next week or so.


Still haven't finished this. Pulling wire through the basement, through the foundation, and up through a stairwell in the garage took longer than I expected. Had multiple obstacles, and I pulled LOTS of old nails and staples out along the way. I scrounged through my boxes of stuff that dad gave me years ago and came up with a 100' roll of 12-3, a new 20 amp double breaker, and a few junction boxes. Some of the areas are pretty crowed with other wire runs, so I decided to make things a little easier (and less expensive) by using up the 12-3 rather than buying and pulling two pieces of 12-2. The end result will be a multi-branch circuit with each side of the garage on its own 20 amp circuit.

I sure wish I knew who wired some of the things in my garage, I would like to whip them with a piece of BX cable. I found one 4" octagon junction box with 7 pieces of 12-2 going into it, the wire is packed in there so tight that I don't even know how they got the cover on. The wire that feeds the outlet for the pool pump had the ground cut off, and it was a back-stabbed outlet. :mad:
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Wiring project of the day

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:22 pm

Rob R. wrote:I sure wish I knew who wired some of the things in my garage, I would like to whip them with a piece of BX cable. I found one 4" octagon junction box with 7 pieces of 12-2 going into it, the wire is packed in there so tight that I don't even know how they got the cover on.

Probably made all the connections then used a rubber mallet to pack everything in. I've been tempted ... :|
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300 with hopper
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Wiring project of the day

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:50 pm

For the first time the 100+ year old stairs and attic over the garage are well illuminated! Made a good spot for some incandescent bulbs I had kicking around. The one in the stairwell is a 200 watt Phillips, and the two upstairs are some "True Tuff" brand 100 watt bulbs. Not sure how old they are, but all say Made in USA. Things are still kind of a mess up there, I had to pull all everything away from the outside wall to run the new wire, and still some old wire to remove and a few staples to add...but at least it will be easy to see when I do it. :)

Garage is now two circuits, and I added a ground fault outlet. Better than it has ever been.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy