Electrical Circuits for Garage Remodel Wiring
Warning About Splicing Electrical Cables and Circuit Sizes: I am working on a re-model project in my garage where I will enclose and insulate a room from the rest of the garage.
Warning About Splicing Electrical Cables and Circuit Sizes
I am working on a re-model project in my garage where I will enclose and insulate a room from the rest of the garage.
- I have a question about codes for splicing cables. Is this a really bad idea?
- I’m thinking of running a 10/2 NM cable to an electrical box, and then splicing 3, 20amp (12/2) cables from it for the little room which will pull some big electricity (music equipment).
- I think I know the answer: it would potentially pull 60amps through a 30amp cable.
- If so, does this mean if I want 20amp receptacles, I must use separate #12 cables?
I hope this question makes sense, and I really appreciate your time. Thanks a bunch!
This electrical question came from: Paul, a Homeowner from Flagstaff, AZ
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Thanks for your electrical question Paul.
Splicing Electrical Cables
- There is nothing wrong with splicing wires as long as the junction box is accessible and you are not mixing wire sizes.
- You may not splice a #10 wire with a #12. The circuit size must be determined up front, and for your garage outlets you may want a 20 amp circuit which a 12/2 NM Romex could be installed.
- I can tell by your questions that you really don’t understand electrical circuit design, and I’m suspecting that your project is being done without a permit.
- Both of these deficiencies spell trouble so I would advise you to slow down and make sure the remodel project is done correctly and according to code, otherwise your creating a fire hazard and we sure don’t want that, besides, you want a safe place to make lots of great music right?
- Well wiring is kind-of like music, you need to know where to put the right guitar strings otherwise the music will be wrong.
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