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Questions tagged [subpanel]

For questions about an [electrical-panel] that is fed from another [electrical-panel] instead of being fed directly by a utility service or separately derived service (such as a generator or inverter).

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What conductor and burial depth are appropriate for my garage subpanel circuit?

We are building a 2-story detached garage. The upstairs will be my wife's studio. She is a painter and quilter. The lower level will be a standard garage for tools, etc. I do not plan to weld but who ...
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Wiring a compressor to an external building

I have run 2,2,2,4 in conduit underground to a 100amp box. In the house the ground an neutral are bonded together but in the shed they are separated(isolated). I'm connecting a compressor through a ...
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Metal or PVC Conduit in Metal Outbuilding?

I'm running wiring under ground from main panel to 100 amp panel in metal garage. When installing lighting and receptacle circuits mounted against interior walls, does it make any difference what ...
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Turning 100A Main to subpanel of 200A new main

I have a 100A old-style circuit breaker main (~1970, 2 conductor & ground) in the basement. I want to upgrade the circuits in the garage to allow for solar panels and PEV cars, so my thought ...
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How to wire main feed in a tiny house subpanel for 120v and 240v?

Initially, I'm going to be plugged into basic 120v from an outlet. However, I'll be moving in a year, and want to be able to plug into 240v if available. How to achieve this flexibility in the ...
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Adding sub panel, odd main panel configuration

I am in the process of adding a sub panel to a detached garage and I have the proper gauge wire connected up to the sub panel (neutral and ground NOT bonded) with 3 conductors + ground running in ...
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Other than unforeseen surge in draw, what can cause breaker tripping?

My house originally had a single main panel, 150A. Some years ago, I decided to split the basement apartment and the main unit. The original main panel is in the basement but I wanted the main unit to ...
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Yes, I'm dumb - I drilled into wall backing my electrical panel

so... I was drilling into a wall and the drill was having a hard time. I figured I just needed to keep going and I did and it finally went through. Afterwards I realized my electrical panel was ...
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60A sub panel located 220' from source…in conduit..what guage al wire to meet ONT Elec code?

I want to wire a 60A subpanel that is 220' from the main source. The wire will be AL and run through a buried conduit.... Must meet Ontario Electrical code
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Powering Subpanel from CSED via Feed-Through Lugs

I'm wiring my house and would like some feedback on the sizing and routing of conductors between the exterior service entrance and an interior subpanel. On the outside, I have installed a combination ...
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Why does my subpanel have 4 wires feeding into the lugs?

Background: This is a sub-panel for my pool equipment (filter pump, cleaner pump, and pool light). The wires coming from the main panel come in through the bottom, and the wires going out the left ...
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Can I install a 60A main breaker in a load center rated for 125A?

Following my previous question about feeding a sub-panel... I have access to a new-in-box 125A load center, which is more current than I need, but the form factor is good. Can I drop to a 60A feeder ...
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Service needed to add a tankless water heater

I am currently building a detached 250 sq feet studio in my backyard. The studio will have a tiny bathroom with a tankless water heater, a baseboard heater, and a few lights, a mini split (ac), of ...
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Question about subpanel install in a shed

I am not an electrician, so let's get that out of the way. However, in the past I have installed simple subpanels in detached buildings and had my electrical work inspected and passed first time, so I ...
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Old Fuse Box Used As A Subpanel

Home built in the 50's has a fuse box that's currently being used as a subpanel in the garage. The garage is attached to the house by the means of a 8 foot wide enclosed breezeway/mudroom. My problem ...
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Single neutral bus bar in subpanel with 2 columns of breakers?

(Questions in bold at the bottom) I recently purchased a Siemens E0816ML1125S load center for use as a subpanel in my basement: I installed a ground bus bar, located horizontally under where the ...
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2 pole 240v AC circuit breaker wire connections

If the neutral is not needed on a 2 pole 240v AC circuit to what should it be connected? My new oven has a black, red, ground, and a white wire. The wire from the circuit breaker has the same 4 wires. ...
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Add sub panel from transfer switch

I'd like to add a subpanel to add a couple circuits (Extra inverter Mini Split ACs, well pump, etc.) but my main interior panel is full and recessed in concrete. I added a manual transfer switch from ...
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about NEMA 6-15 plug/receptacle for 240 V

The NEMA 6-15 plug/receptacle for 240 V power supply looks like the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nema_6-15.svg The two hots obviously should be connected to the two hot wires in the ...
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no ground bar in electrical subpanel

I found that the subpanel in our newly built home may not have ground bar, though it has neutral bar. I attached photos for confirmation. Please let me know if there is any code violation. The house ...
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Should the ground lug be bonded in my sub-panel?

I have 200 amp service at the house. I want to install a DP 60 amp breaker in that panel and run # 6 wire approximately 150 feet (10% added for swag) overhead to a dog rescue building. The building ...
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Is a Redundant Ground at Sub-Panel Permitted? Useful?

I've searched the forum and haven't found an answer for this exact situation. Here's the configuration: Main 200A service panel at one end of house (exterior), and 100A sub panel at opposite end of ...
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Installing a sub panel to a GE split bus panel

I want to install a sub panel to my GE split bus panel. The diagram indicates that I could replace the two full sized 2-pole breakers (2 inch wide each) on the upper left with three compact 2-pole ...
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How can I connect a sub-panel to an unused 60A breaker in another panel?

So I have a contractor installing a gas furnace where I used to have an electric furnace. I am ending up with a 60a circuit that is not needed anymore. I want to take that circuit and install a ...
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100 AMP sub panel from 200 AMP main

Installing a new sub panel in my detached garage, about 90' from the main panel. Half of the distance of the run will be under the house and the second half underground to the garage. I have read that ...
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Should I make space for a new 50A breaker in a full panel or install a sub-panel?

I'll start by saying we just bought a fixer-upper house. I searched the topic of adding sub panels and a lot of the answers are a bit over my head so I need some advice. My house was built in the 20'...
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Is it possible to make space for a double-pole breaker in this panel?

I need to add a 90A double-pole breaker to the service panel on my house to feed a subpanel in a detached garage. It is a GE that uses Q-line breakers. Looking at the current layout, I'm not sure it ...
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Is 8/3 stranded wire ok to power a 100amp subpanel?

I have an old 220 (8/3 stranded with grnd) line off the main box from a stove that I don't use anymore (we have gas now). I want to use it to install a subpanel in my attic. The subpanel is 100amp, 6 ...
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Calculating sub panel capacity

I am creating a sub panel which will contain 20, 20 AMP circuits to provide power for 20, 1,000 watt, 120v stage lights. My calculations suggest that the light loads, which are constant, will require`...
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What type of wire and load center for subpanel in detached pole garage?

I am installing a 60 AMP subpanel in a detached pole garage 150 feet from the house. Garage subpanel will be supplied from an existing 100 AMP subpanel in the basement of the house (running from the ...
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Adding a sub panel in my basement

I want to add a sub panel in my basement. The main panel is in my garage, the next level up. The distance from the main panel is roughly 10 feet. The main power comes in through the basement and up to ...
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Move grounds to subpanel when I moved 8 single pole breakers to same subpanel?

When I move 8 breakers from main panel to a subpanel (a few feet away) can I simply move the hot and neutral only to subpanel? The 8 breakers are grounded in the main panel already. A 100 amp breaker ...
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Questions about installing an electrical subpanel (re: wire size, etc)

My current electrical panel is filled and I'm going to have a pool installed this year so I need to install a subpanel. (my current box doesn't support tandem breakers, etc) Because I only need more ...
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Does a sub-panel require its own local main breaker?

When one goes to install an electrical subpanel is it required to install a "main" breaker in the subpanel to shut off all the circuits in the panel? Or is it sufficient to just have the feeding ...
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Wiring 100 Amp subpanel

I know this subject seems to be debated to no end but I have a few questions/comments. My main service panel is in my attached garage and I want to add a 100 amp subpanel about a foot or 2 to the ...
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Considering doing a 100A sub panel install on my own. Any guidance would be much appreciated

My background: I am an Electrical Engineer by schooling and I'm a pretty handy guy overall. I have been working on and around just about everything since as long as I can remember. I have a good grasp ...
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Space requirements for first subpanel and wiring preference

I would like to install two subpanels and my main panel is full of breakers. Would it be better to feed both subpanels directly from main or have 1st subpanel off main and 2nd subpanel off 1st ...
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Installing a sub panel

Installing a sub panel solely for outdoor Christmas lights/decorations. I will need approximately 120 amps now, with more to be added later. My current main panel does not have enough open slots for ...
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Should the neutral be bonded in my barn's sub-panel?

I moved into a house with a barn. The barn has a 100 Amp panel. It feeds from a Main Entry 100A breaker in the Entry's box. There are 3 wires to the sub. Ground and 2 hot. The subpanel in the barn ...
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Fastening THHN cable in junction box

I am installing an electrical subpanel in my garage and have a 2" PVC conduit run up approximately 5 feet from the panel through the ceiling to the garage attic. In the conduit i ran 2 12/2 NM romex ...
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Can I use #6 wire to feed a sub panel off main

I have a 200amp service, thats loaded with twins, my son just bought house, anyway I want to put a 100amp sub panel inside basement off the main panel, the run is nomore than 20', I have about 50' of #...
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Adding ground to replacement sub panel

We recently purchased a new home that has a 16 x 30 steel building in the back yard approximately 100ft from the main panel. The building has power run to it off a 60 amp breaker in the main panel. ...
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Can the Distance of a Subpanel affect Outlet Tester Results

I got help with wiring my cabin here: Requesting Evaluation of Power Plan at Rural Cabin and here: Cabin Wiring Plan Revisited I also put a follow up comment there, but now I'm not sure that was the ...
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Cabin Wiring Plan Revisited

OK, So I’ve update my wiring plan … see images. I have more details now, such a part numbers, specifications and ratings, etc. I’ve consolidated much input from a couple of forums as well as Stack, ...
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Is this double tap for a subpanel a problem?

I've been reading posts but am still a little confused on this as each situation is slightly different and I am not familiar with the terminology. Main breaker has two larger wires coming into it. ...
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Can I use a 30A backfeed breaker when I'm not using the generator?

I have a panel in my garage with a "Generator" 30A breaker. I know I shouldn't be backfeeding the generator (I inherited this setup and am scheduling an electrician to put in a transfer switch). ...
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How do I go about installing a subpanel on wood paneling that's mounted to a concrete wall?

I've been reading, researching, watching, and preparing to install a sub-panel (which I'll be having a licensed electrician inspect and sign off on before going live) and I think I know how to go ...
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Need advice about rewiring detached garage

I have an old house (1955) with two overhead wires going from the house to the detached garage (15') where they connect to an old fuse box (picture) My first question: how does this work? Two wires ...
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Wiring the out building

I have 2-2-2-4 AL dyke quadruplex direct burial 600v. with AC/heater wall unit. with about 9 plugs. a small hot water heater. and 9 can lights. is a 60amp breaker big enough. Also the wire is running ...
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Is it bad to have a circuit breaker on both ends of a feeder?

My main service panel only has a single breaker connected to a feeder wire which goes to my subpanel. I'd like a main disconnect closer to my subpanel so I don't have to go all the way to my main ...