My final plan is to use 2" Owens Pink, then wood studded walls with
faced fiberglass and a wood planking as the wall surface. (all that
I looked up the building regs from the city and they recommend an
outlet every 6' along the wall.(that sounds like a lot). It did not
mention GFI, but I would install them anyway.
Is the difference between 2" and 1" really going to be noticed ?
Do I need to be concerned what type of floor covering I should be
using right now ? or just wait until the walls are finished and then
look at something like berber (glued) ?
Any comments ?
An outlet every 6' is a lot. Generally speaking, to be code compliant they
should only be 12' apart although it is a good idea to go a little less.
You might want to confirm with the electrical inspector before you start.
GFI's are usually not required in the finished portion of the basement, but
every unfinished part must have at least one GFI receptacle.
The code reads that every point on a wall shall be within 6 feet of an outlet
without crossing a doorway. So one outlet every 12 feet meets code, a
somewhat closer spacing give you more flexibility and doesn't cost much.
It is often referred to as the 12/6/2 rule. Outlets should be
placed within 6' of a doorway, 12' to the next outlet, and
every wall segment 2' or longer should have an outlet.
Spacing is measured along the bottom of the wall. Different
for kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, and counterspace.
Do/should all of the sockets be GFI ? I have herd of using GFI
breakers on the circuit, would that be as safe and/or compliant ?
I purchased a sheet of Owens Pink. when I placed it against the wall,
I noticed that there is a lot of concrete burrs and nipples left over
from the forms that were used to poor the walls. Should I attempt to
work around those or can I remove them somehow ?
I don't know that much about basement GFIs as we don't have
basements down here, but it is my understanding that if the
basement is finished, GFCIs are not required. If a GFCI IS
needed for protection on the outlets down there, then the
first outlet on the circuit needs to be a GFCI and it can
protect the downstream outlets. A GFCI breaker can protect
the entire circuit. Either way is compliant IF it is needed.
I will leave it to the experts familiar with basements to
answer the "IF it is needed" question, for sure.
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