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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. I currently have a amp main service box but it is all full and some are even Sub panel hook up up. I'm wondering if i can hook up a amp subpanel off of it? If so what size wire to go with? It would be on same wall next to it within 12 inches. Do I have to use conduit between the two, or does it have to exit the bottom of main to top if subpanel?

Also all I'm seeing at local store is amp main boxes. Is that allowable by code to use as a sub? I know sub can't have neutral bonded by that screw either way. My local town in Illinois uses the NEC handbook. Sorry for so many questions, but i just want to do it right.

Let me try and answer some of your questions. First the Sub panel hook up you are looking at that are rated A simply means you can use them for any application up to A. You can for example add a 60A breaker to your existing panel and protect the new subpanel with a A rating. It is not so much what the panel is rated as what the protection is rated.

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You can use other methods other than conduit but first you need to select what type of method you prefer to use and that must be permitted as outlined in Chapter of the NEC "Wiring Methods". So you need to select a method then follow the installation directions as outlined in that particular selection. As an example, let's say you want to use type NM romex to connect the new sub panel.

That would be Article in the NEC. It will have uses permitted with exceptions and uses not permitted and give installation rules you must follow depending on where these panels are and the type of environment they are in. I would like to suggest that it may be a better idea to replace and upgrade the existing panel.

I believe this would be a better method and give you a better value added rather than several subfed panels. If your panel is full, you'll likely want to have the service evaluated, to determine if it's still large enough to meet your needs. It's possible that you may want to upgrade to a larger service, which will likely require new service conductors and a new service panel.

If this is the case, you'll simply have a larger panel installed. Just make sure the new Sub panel hook up is larger enough for any future expansion. If you do want to install a second panel, you'll have to determine what size feeder you want to supply it. This will dictate the wire size, and the size of the breaker supplying the new panel. To figure out what size feeder you'll want, you have to decide which circuits you'll move over to the new panel. Once you've got that worked Sub panel hook up, you'll have to reroute all the selected circuits to the new panel location.

This could require making junctions in the old Sub panel hook up, to extend the length of the circuit. All in all, I'd say Sub panel hook up is not a project for a novice DIYer. There are a lot of subtle details that will likely be overlooked by a non-professional and maybe even some "professionals". My advice, would be to get quotes from a few local licensed electricians. Make sure to get pricing for the options I described above, and then decide how to proceed.

Get a subpanel that is large enough in amps to give you enough spaces to future-proof your house. Keeping in mind a few things:. So it Sub panel hook up wrong to buy a space A subpanel. The key is to think ahead to give yourself freedom to maneuver, rather than painting yourself into a corner. You choose where to install it and what wiring method to employ. You don't want more panels, but need to feed more loads.

You gave no info on how many more loads, and how big those loads are. Also not about the next expansions that can be expected after this one. When you get this Sub panel hook up, you might want to consider replacing the already crammed panel by a bigger one, instead of adding more and more panels and getting an even more messy installation.

Then you should discuss this with a qualified electrician, and compare the total installation price of adding more panels or replacing with one big panel, instead of trying to do this yourself.

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Questions Tags Users Badges Unanswered. Can I connect a A subpanel to a A main panel? Hey, you may knows this, but just a heads up: The mains the big wires from outside coming into your main panel are probably always hot, even if you turn the main breaker off at the top of the panel. The main breaker turns off power to everything downstream, but the wires before it are still hot. Usually, there's not much exposed, but the screws to the lugs are always exposed so don't touch thosedon't even get close.

Both screws are live and want to kill you and your tools. Sub panel hook up someone who had there panel upgraded and it almost full, again, get an electrician and replace the panel. Get A,and get one with breaker slot, so you don't run out.

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Honestly I would buy one with breakers if I could. Appliance outlet has to be dedicated. Fridge,dishwasher,microwave, lights, 2x regular outlets and that is just the kitchen. Exterior lighting a couple more. Each room has smoke detectors at least 1 circuit. I think bedrooms have 2ea. Plus many for outlets and lights in the basement.

Many of them separate for power tools. Hope this helps Oops caught use overlapping. Retired Master Electrician 8, 4 Tester and myself were answering the same question at about the same Sub panel hook up. I should have been more specefic on what was going to be hooked up to subpanel. I was going to hook up my basement lights,bathroom,and receptacles.

I have them all on separate runs and wanted them to have tgeir own box. So maybe the amp subpanel may be to much. I agree a sercice upgrade would be better if i can afford it. Would they have to change the service cable that runs from pole to meter that runs underground? As Retired Master Electrician points out, the panel rating is the maximum the panel can be used for, not what it has to be used for. As for the service upgrade If the existing service conductors are not large enough, they would have to be replaced if the service was upgraded beyond their capacity.

You'd have to check with the local utility, to determine who pays for that. Tester k 54 What you want in the subpanel is enough spaces. Keeping in mind a few things: Plug-in electrics including engine-too types are exploding in the auto industry just "Sub panel hook up" to The North American Auto Show or view their app and we foresee that mixing with the smart grid too your car backfeeds to help the grid stay up, and you get paid for that - that could well be coming to your garage.

So at least 2 more breaker spaces. On-demand hot water is making more and more sense, spaces depending on setup. Some people want Sub panel hook up, off-grid switchable solar, or grid-tied solar. Certainly, that is what sub-panels are for. The wire should be 3 copper for amps and a amp two pole breaker to feed it.

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Yes, just don't use the bonding screw or strap. ArchonOSX 18k 2 19 This doesn't really answer the question.

Basement lights, and outlets. I think he told me 6 awg wire would be sufficient for this.

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