Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electrical wiring

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Our house has 3 bathrooms on the third floor, all on one circuit. As a result when multiple hair dryers are used the circuit overloads. We are going to solve that by putting all of them on separate circuits. The issue is that it's tough to run the wire from the basement up to the attic so it can come down to the bathrooms. Our electrician has suggested running the wire outside (using outdoor wire), up the side of the house and into the attic. They say they do this regularly. I've never heard of that, and would appreciate your thoughts on whether it's an acceptable solution. Thanks, Harrison

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Harrison,

Yes that is usually done as a last resort when there is no practical way to get the cables up from the inside to the attic. Having pipes or cables on the side of your home isn't very attractive and something most people want to keep to an absolute minimum. A cable especially because it will not stay straight for long. If you absolutely must have something on the outside insist on conduit.

When your electrician says they do this on a regular basis that suggests to me they may not be skilled at "fishing" wires between floors or have people in their employ who can do it in a timely manner. Doing it on the outside is very direct and you know what you have to do. Knowing how to get a cable to the attic from the basement can be done in the same amount of time or usually less because there is no ladder work. But again this all depends on the skill level and experience of the installer. A qualified installer with the right tools and experience can do it. You might want to try getting another opinion.

Bob  
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"The Frank Williams School of Electrical Construction". My dear old boss is 100 ! and still going God Bless him. I started working for "Tenafly Electric" right out of high school at 19. He was tough but I learned more working for him in 8 and half years than most guys. We did mostly industrial work while doing some commercial and residential so I was fortunate to be exposed to all 3 areas of electrical construction. The guys I worked with were all good guys and I stay in touch with some of them still. Most of us went into our own buisness's which says something about the caliber of the guys I worked with. We had some interesting clients : Wella Corp. of shampoo fame, Farah Fawcett etc, I didn't buy shampoo for 10 years. It was a great place to work. Pan Am the former airline just before they went under, another great place to work, nice clean environment. C&C Metals, the largest button manufacturer in the US at that time, a not so clean environment but a very interesting place to work, lots of machine's cranking out buttons of all kinds but you had to be on your toes, it was a potentially dangerous place to be . All kinds of action going on around you.

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