Adding Electric Wiring to a Garage
Del from Minnesota asks: I need a 50amp, 30amp, and 20amp circuit in my garage. Do I need more than one conduit for the electrical wires?
Wiring for a Garage
Electrical Question: I am running power to a garage, do I need more than one conduit for the electrical wires?
I am going to be running a 50amp, 30amp, and 20amp circuit to my garage. It is a 50 foot run. My question is can I run #6, 10 gauge and 12 gauge wire all in one PVC conduit or will I need two? The conduit wire fill chart is confusing when running different size wires. Thank you.
This electrical wiring question came from Del, a Handyman in Hill City, Minnesota.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Del.
How to Add Electrical Circuit Wiring to a Garage
Application: Add Electrical Circuit Wiring to a Garage.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the , turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Hill City, Minnesota. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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- Del, from what you have described, you could install all the wiring inside one PVC conduit. The size of the conduit will depend on the number of bends, and it is advisable to oversize the conduit to make it easier to pull the wire, and provide extra space for any additional circuits later on.
- SUGGESTION: I would urge you to consider having a sub panel installed, this way you will have only one set of wires out to the garage panel, and the panel will have its own main breaker, as well as the circuit breakers for the individual outlets and lighting as needed. Adding additional circuits as needed in the future will be much easier as well.
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