This is a long post but I'm young and dumb and you guys are smarter and I'm
bouncing ideas off.
I'm converting the reading room in our home into an office. Against one
wall I'd like to build and install a built-in that has two desks with a
bookcase in the middle. Both desks will house computer workstations ie
printers and monitors etc. Since they are work areas I'd like two lights
above the desks and for effect, lights along on top of the built in.
First off for the computers, can I use a split receptacle (15 amp) without
issues to power both desks? I'd like the outlet in the bottom of the
bookcase (exact middle of the room) because it'll house the router and modem
and back-up drives etc. Run one power bar that powers one computer and all
of it's peripherals and use the other receptacle to power the other computer
and it's peripherals. The router amd modem and such will have to share with
one of the top or bottom of the split.
Is this a split receptacle idea dumb idea or overkill? Or should each work
station get it's own outlet and keep one outlet in the middle of the
bookcase and have all three outlets on a single circuit or on two circuits?
Should I look at 20 amps if a single circuit?
Second off all I'd run a new line for all the lights plus a new line for the
computers. So that's two wires I gotta snake. Problem is the wall with the
built-ins is 60 feet (straight) from my panel box. Figures eh. The room
sits on a concrete pad so I can't run the electrical wire underneath the
floor. The only accessible path I can run the wire where I have 60 feet of
access to snake it the length of my house has both an air-return and an 8 x
16 x duct work in the way.
The duct is actually directly below the air return pathway running parallel
to it. The air return pathway is just sheet metal nailed to floor joists so
I'm thinking I can drill thru the joists and snake my wire thru the air
return. I saw this idea at my cousins 80 year house they just bought 2
months ago. My uncle and I laughed when we saw the electrical wire snaked
thru the air return and it was resting on metal. I might not be laughing
anymore. Mine won't touch metal but it'll go thru a return air pathway.
Again dumb idea or not?
Thanks for hearing me out!