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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Securing 3-3-3-5 SER at sub panel entrance

When installing a 100A sub-panel with larger wire (3-3-3-5 copper SER), is there a specific size of wire clamp I need for this? Do I use the same type of wire clamp as I would for NM cable, just ...
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How to handle unattached ground wires in boiler fusebox/control panel (sub-panel?)?

I don't have enough of an understanding of HVAC to know if the pictured boiler fuse box is considered a control panel or a sub-panel - but some wiring issues there lead me to needing to understand ...
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Can I feed a sub-panel from a sub-panel?

here is what I have. On the corner of my house, I have the main breaker box. I also have a 2nd sub panel that was installed later on the other side of the house which has 240V ac running to it. This ...
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Running 100 amp line to detached garage

I found lots of questions about this, but with many different answers. I'm looking to run a 100 amp line from my 200A main breaker box to a subpanel in my new detached garage. The run is about 120 ft....
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size sub panel needed for mini house

I have 400 amp service in a 3800 square-foot home. I ran 100 amp to a garage. I want to build a mini-home that will require approximately 130amps in appliances, etc. What size sub-panel do I need? ...
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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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Flush Mounted PVC Electrical Junction Box or alternative ideas to supply two sub-panels

I'm not an electrician, but I am a pretty aggressive DIYer that wants to do things the right way (i.e. I plan on getting a permit and everything inspected but I need a gameplan first). I have a ...
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What size sub-panel and wire do I need for my three-season room?

I have a 15x22 room that is roughly 50' from the main panel, that I am converting from a 3 season room, into a conditioned space (heating and cooling, enclosed with windows and doors, etc.). ...
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Grounding requirements for main panel and subpanel

I recently had my main service professionally upgraded to 200A and had a 60A subpanel installed in my master suite to support future additions. All work passed city inspection, for whatever that's ...
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Wrong installation of tandem breaker for 240V burn water tank

My contractor installed water tank https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rheem-Performance-50-Gal-Tall-6-Year-4500-4500-Watt-Elements-Electric-Tank-Water-Heater-XE50T06ST45U1/205810674 and it ran for a short ...
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Can I use 12awg ground from main panel to subpanel?

I recently rebuilt a shed that had electricity run to it in the past. There are wires run from the main panel to the shed underground. The old shed used 12 gauge black, white and green wires. There ...
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Partial Power Outage No Breakers Flipped

Reading other similar posts, I called an electrician friend (doing a favor, not on the clock), who checked the main breaker, it was fine; he checked GCFI's, one wouldn't reset but he said it wasn't ...
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100 Amp Sub Panel in basement garage from 200 Amp Main in the upstairs garage

I have a two story garage. The bottom garage is below grade on 3 sides. The upstairs garage has its own 200 AMP main service. I will be running wire from the main via 100 amp breaker to the sub panel ...
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Replace wire to 60A subpanel

Short Version: Anything wrong with running 6/3 NM in a joist well to a junction box that leads out to a 60A garage subpanel? Longer Version: I'm thinking of finishing a room in my basement. It has a ...
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Upstream or downstream breakers for sub panel

I have "recently" created an addition to my house here in CA. The original house had a 200 amp manual transfer switch for a backup generator, but this only feeds the old part of the house via a 100 ...
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Adding a Sub-Panel to 3-Phase Main

So our building has 3, 3 Phase 200A 120/208 I-T-E Indoor Load Centers, each on their own meter. Originally the building was built for 3 suites, 3 tenants. We have the entire building, so we have all ...
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Confirming the set-up and wiring of 60AMP subpanel

I am installing a 60 AMP sub-panel (GE TLM2412CCUP) and want to confirm the wiring and set-up before I set everything up. The pictures show the main panel (currently 60AMP as well but will be updated ...
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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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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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backup electrical feed to main panel from inverter's GFCI outlet without ground?

I have rigged a 1000watt/120vac inverter to my EV, to use for backup electrical power during short grid outages (the main "traction" battery has 40kwh and the DC-to-DC converter is known to be able to ...
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Wiring a subpanel next to main in finished wall

I'm putting in a 100A subpanel next to the 200A main to add some more outlets for the garage. The walls are finished and the main is flush mounted in the wall so I plan to do the same with the ...
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Options for installing sub-panel

we are thinking about the best way to rewire our kitchen. It had 2 circuits when we moved in. We managed to add 2 circuits using an existing 3/4'' conduit that goes from the basement to our third ...
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electrical work: create “future boxes” - is this to NEC code?

I would like to run cable for an in-wall heater but not actually connect to the heater right now, I just want to get the cable run and connected to the sub-panel (along with all the other cables that ...
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Wire a sub-panel to run a pottery kiln, or put a breaker in the main panel?

Pretty beginner on electrical. I have a 100 amp service (metered not against or adjacent to main dwelling - somewhere central in our mobile home court) with a 125 amp main box. 1300 ish sq ft, 3 ...
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Wiring a shed/workshop

Hoping to wire up a shed/workshop with two 15 amp circuits coming from a 60 amp sub panel beside the main panel. Wondering what type of wire I can use in PVC conduit and if it should be GFCI protected....
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New sub panel wire sizes

I would like to install a small sub-panel in my basement. It will be approximately 55-60 feet from the main panel. I will be running a fridge, some fluorescent lights, and occasionally some small ...
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Run 12/3 through insulated wall to surface mounted electric panel

Should/can I run the 12/3 wire inside the wall or just run a conduit up to the attic? The project: I want to install split receptacle 20 amp outlets in my garage. The subpanel in the garage is ...
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Can I feed a sub panel off my 200A service box? Or would I need to run wire from the inside breaker box?

Can I add a sub panel feed off my 200A service box? If so what are the requirements? Or would I need to run it from the main house breaker inside the house and wire from there? I currently have a ...
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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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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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3 wire existing feed, not connected to main panel. Do I bond ground and neutral

I have a detached garage that has a 3 wire feed, powered from a separate 100amp disconnect from the main panel. Originally the old box had the ground and neutrals together on the same bar. I ...
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What wire size is needed?

I need to run 110 volts AC 300' to a subpanel. What size copper wire do I need? Wire will be run in conduit underground.
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Where Should the Sub Panel Go? What Size Wire?

Been lurking for awhile getting ready to install a 60 amp sub-panel for my back yard. I have everything I need figured out except for three important items as I get conflicting stories depending on ...
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100 AMP garage sub-panel from 200 AMP house

I've checked a number of the other questions but not finding the specific answer I need. I'm wiring a 100 AMP garage sub-panel from a 200 AMP main in my house. I plan to install a 100 AMP circuit ...
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breakers on main panel trip after adding a sub panel

I've just added a subpannel 100amp with Gauge 6 wires to the main panel so that the new subpanel will feed a sauna 25amp + a hot tub 30amp. The sauna is already connected with gauge 8 wires 240V, it ...
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What size wire for 100 amp sub-panel from a 200amp main panel? [duplicate]

I want to add a 100 amp sub-panel from a 200 amp main in an attached garage. It will be about 100 feet from sub to main. What gauge wire should I use? The sub panel is to hook up a 7.5 horse air ...
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Is it ok to use a ground rod at a subpanel instead of a fourth wire?

I understand running the neutral wire back to the main service panel and not bonding the subpanel... but running the equipment ground back to the main panel seems to get conflicting answers. If ...
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Splitting Service Equipment Across Two Enclosures

My house has a 200 amp service with a (circa mid 1980s) GE TM2020R Mod1 panel where all 20 spaces are occupied with THQP breakers. In order to provide room for expansion and to allow for GFCI and AFCI ...
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30Amp Sub Panel for EV Charger

Need 240V 20AMPs in detached garage for 16 AMP Level 2 EV Charger (Chevy Spark) at my MIL's home. 1200 sqft House, has a 100 AMP Panel. Furnace, Dryer, and Stove are Gas. All circuits are 20AMPs, and ...
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How can I safely connect a subpanel in a detached garage to the main with a 3-wire connection?

This weekend I attempted to install a breaker box into a pre-wired garage. The previous owners took the breaker box with them when they moved, and since I have installed quite a few subpanels, it ...
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GFI outlets tripped after power outage

I live in a rural area that has frequent power outages (Several per month. Less than a minute in duration). When the power is restored, several GFI outlets always trip. I am trying to track down ...
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square d q/o sub panel

I had one breaker running kitchen and garage. I used skill saw and it blew breaker. I bought 2 new 20 amp breakers and separated lines. the garage on right side and kitchen on left. everything on ...
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Wiring a new shop advice

I am having a new shop built on Friday.The shop is located 250 feet from my power meter. For a 240 volt 100 amp service in the shop, the online calculator says I need 2/0 AWG Aluminum or 1AWG copper....
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Where do I connect the ground wire of a transfer switch being connected to a sub-panel?

I would like to add a gen-tran manual transfer switch to my electric panel but I live in a condo where the main panel is in an external meter room and my only interior panel I assume is a subpanel. ...
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Federal Pacific 200a main panel problem with oversized 100a 2pole breaker

There is a 200a FPE breaker box (yes, I am aware of all the problems). It is not in the homeowners budget to replace at this time. He has 2 issues: His panel is full His electric furnace is an older ...
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Do I have space in the main panel for a 60 amp double pole breaker?

Completing a workshop in the garage and I've installed a 60 amp sub panel in it for all the garage circuits. I plan on running 6/3 nmd from the main panel to this sub panel (a run of about 15 feet). ...
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Is a 60 amp breaker adequate for a 220v sub-panel to my garage?

150 panel in house. I want to run a 220 (sub-panel) feed to garage 25 feet away for 10,000 watt electric heater. There's room in the 150 panel. Would 60 amp breaker in the garage meet the 1.25 safety ...
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Can I use a GFI main breaker in series with individual QO AFCI breakers?

I'd like to install a subpanel using a 2-pole Square D QO GFCI breaker in the main panel and then installing individual QO CAFCI breakers in the subpanel where needed for the dual protection. It ...
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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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Ground Bus Bar on Sub Panel

I was working on a house with a sub panel for a shed/workshop. The sub panel was fed off the house main panel via 2pole 50A breaker. The sub was a load center type with no main breaker. The neutral ...