Hi there- new to the thread and have a question or two before I go to the Permit office next week.
I am rewiring the attic in my 90 year old home (read K&T with blown in insulation on top!). It is a 1 1/2 story with knee attics on either side of the livable attic space. I would like to add 2 circuits (to the new panel my electrician is installing in the next couple of weeks) for the attic living space. This space consists of 2 bedrooms, each with a ceiling fan/light, a closet light, and 4 receptacles, and a 23 foot long hallway with a 3 way light/ ceiling fan/light combo, and 4 receptacles in the hallway. This hallway also has a Jack and Jill sink between the bedrooms, so I'd like to add a GFCI receptacle here to bring it up to code. I'd also like to add wired in smoke/CO detectors. The new circuits will be run from the new panel in the basement, up through a closet wall on the main floor up to the knee attic off the master bedroom in the attic. Most of the ceilings are drywall, with some plaster work, and yes, I will be doing all the work myself. UGH! A bit about me, I am an experienced DIY'er now working on my 2nd old house. I am trying to do as much of the rewire as possible to save on costs, and hey, I like the challenge!
Question: Can I run the wire from the knee attic, loosely over the finished ceiling where there is attic space above it, to the ceiling fixture, without securing the wire to framing members (I'd like to not tear out all of the plaster in the master bedroom)?
Question: I am planning on 2 circuits for this space. My question is, what should I put on each circuit? I have read to leave the closet lights on a different circuit, so if you need to turn off a breaker, you always have light in the room. So, if I do this, closet lights, hallway 3-way and 1/2 receptacles on the same circuit. Bedroom light/fans and remainder of circuits on the other?
I am planning on 15 amp circuits for both of these.
Question: Can anyone think of something I'm not thinking of that I might need for the future? I figure, while I'm at it I may as well get er done right!
Thanks in advance for any help!