New house wiring question

JoezipJuly 7, 2011

I'm helping my daughter with a new house. She will have an un-finished basement.. Just used for storage. Does it have to be wired or no as far as wall receptacles?

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Ron Natalie

An unfinished basement must have at least ONE receptacle in it and it must be GFCI protected. If the furnace/heatpump/airconditioner is located there, there must be a receptacle within 25 feet of it (it can be the ONE mentioned above).

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 3:25PM
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Bringing the circuit down the inside of the block wall, will the wire 12/2 need to be in conduit? If so, is PVC acceptable or does it need to be thinwall?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 1:03PM
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Ron Natalie

Conduit is not mandatory. As long as you're not in an area subject to physical damage you can surface mount the NM.

If you do need protection from physical damage you can use Sched 80 PVC (as well as the metal conduits).

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 8:40PM
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I agree with Ronnatalie, except in certain locations (like Chicago) where the local rules require conduit. Check your local regulations.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 2:07PM
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