Building "off-grid"

- Electricity Prep -
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March-April 2010: I finished another contract job in late February, so now I can concentrate on some major projects for awhile.  Things have progressed to the point where I can start considering some of the finish work inside.  The prep for finish work is kind of cruical, though, because that's the "pretty work", and poor planning could get time-consuming and costly down the road.   The final steps before actual finish work include electricity and plumbing.  This includes, in my case, everything from the breaker box to the outlets, as well as plumbing for LP gas, solar wiring, solar (hot water) pipe, and a few other things.  Even planning ahead for the electrical equipment brought some potential issues to the surface.  One issue was that my garage walls "sweat" a little, which I didn't think was at all wise to leave as-is if I'm going to mount any electrical equipment there.  So aside from researching some code items and buying the breaker box, outlets and wire, I also decided to prep one garage wall.   I mounted the furring strips over the vapor barrier, then inserted some insulation board between them, and finally hung the moisture-resistant sheetrock.

Cost:  Furring strips, concrete screws, 4 mil plastic sheet and moisture-resistant sheetrock - $230.00

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I painted the sheetrock white for the light reflecting properties to brighten up this 'shop side' of the garage.  And this is where I stopped with electricity prep for now.  The bathroom needs to be built before all the electrical outlets can be installed, so on to the bathroom...


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