I’m working on a remodel of our bedroom. (I’m taking pictures, I’ll post the whole shebang when it’s done sometime in the next decade.) The only outlet in the room is horrendously placed after we moved the closet (we need an extension cord running in front of the door to plug in a bedside lamp.) I posted on here a couple weeks ago, and got some great advice. I’ve been reading and going slow as I prep to do the job, and I’m almost ready. I just had one question so specific that I don’t know how to find the answer.
I’m building in a closet/dresser/cabinet unit on the entire east wall, and want to install one outlet above it and a second on the west side of the door, by the bed. The house is very old, and the room is drywall over plaster and lathe, with a juicy layer of lead-based paint sandwiched between. I can handle a little lead abatement, but I’m not going to tear out the entire wall.
Instead, I want to run some electrical wiring in the trench between the floor boards and the wall, which will be covered by the trim. I am not doing base shoe, but I’m worried that whoever is in the house next will want to add some, and shoot trim nails down at an angle directly through the romex, were I to use that. Is this a reasonable concern? To be up to code, should I use flexible metal conduit under the trim? I framed in new walls for the closet which are still open, so running up to height will be no problem once I get the five feet laterally to them.
Also, the existing outlet has a straight shot to a light fixture/junction box in the basement, but it already has three or four lines running into it. I want to run a new line out of this junction box to the bedside outlet, rather than doing a junction box in the room and running wire up and around the door. What are the limiting factors on the number of lines running through a junction box? Is it just limited by the load of the input and the physical space inside the box, or are there other concerns?
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