Adding outlet onto unfinished basement exterior wall ?

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Posted by: from Markham Ontario
4/16/2020 at 8:37:33 PM

I want to add an outlet in my unfinished basement. This new additional duplex will be mounted on the basement concrete exterior wall. I want to run the wire from a light, on a 7 receptacle circuit, 15amp breaker. My question is: can I use regular 14/3 wire from the light box and staple it to a 2x4 on the wall, or do I need to use armour cable, or conduit, whatever so to stay safe and up to code?

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Date/Time4/17/2020 at 9:46:55 AM


You need ESA permit before doing any wiring.

My suggestion is, call a ESA certified electrical contractor.

Good luck!

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Edward in Markham Ontario
Date/Time4/17/2020 at 10:18:16 AM

My home is new and basement unfinished . The one outlet the builder puts in is where it should be, near the panel box. They didn't use conduit and was passed, so why now do I have to use it and get licensed as you say ?

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Date/Time4/17/2020 at 12:11:34 PM

An electrical permit is required when you add to a system. You can replace plugs and switches and light fixtures with similar items without a permit but as soon as you add new you will need a permit.

I'm not sure what your jurisdiction is like but in BC you could take out a homeowner permit to do this yourself. That said there are a lot of little code rules that apply to residential installations that make it tough for a homeowner to do his own work successfully.

I would suggest avoiding this steep learning curve and hiring a licensed electrician.

Good luck with your project!

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Edward in Markham Ontario
Date/Time4/17/2020 at 2:58:47 PM

Thank you Andrew for a better reply that explained the reasons . Quite likely, my little addition of 12 feet of wire and one outlet is too small a job to interest an electrician, or the house call fee, permits, etc, would be a huge cost for the small job it is .

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Date/Time4/18/2020 at 1:26:37 AM

Edward I would like to know who told you that the receptacle should be near the panel.

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Date/Time4/18/2020 at 8:35:16 PM

non-metallic sheathed wire under 150 cm from the floor if exposed should be protected by conduit

14/2 you can use bx cable or fish romex cable in pvc pipe under 150 cm

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Edward in Markham Ontario
Date/Time4/19/2020 at 12:54:25 PM

Eddie: Thanks for those details.

Raymond: I'm looking still where it was that I read, new home builds with unfinished basement have one outlet installed and must be near/beside the panel .

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