I am going to wire my shop and want ot run #2 copper to a 100amp breaker panel. I really do not have the space in the 200 amp panel in the house, my question - is there a way to pull this wire off the service entrance straight to the shop, and does that require another meter base or what?
reasons going to the service entrance will be difficult:
- you'll have to open the meter box, and most meter boxes are tamper sealed by the electric company so you will have to involve them.
- the meter box lugs are probably not sized for multiple connections.
- this creates a potentially dangerous wiring setup. someone may assume that the main panel in the house covers the entire house.
i would go with connecting a subpanel to your main panel. i assume that the existing circuits in the shop go to the main panel? take them out and use the space you just freed up to wire in your subpanel.