Workshop Development #58: The power is in!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-24-2012 01:55 PM 2007 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 57: Spent a sweaty, hard work day ripping out walls. Can't wait for Friday! Part 58 of Workshop Development series Part 59: Installing the insulation. »

I waited a few days until folks had a chance to read Ms. Debbie’s interview, but the long, long, long awaited sub panel and circuit install is DONE.

Due to storm damage to the main, and a desire to up the service from the electric company, we upped the service to 200 amps, and installed a new 200 amp main panel. The original was in pretty poor shape. The new one has PLENTY of spare slots for new circuits if desired.

The sub panel is a 6 slot, 12 circuit job, and feeds 3 dedicated 110V circuits in the shop. One for Compressor / Dust collector, another for HVAC, and the last, for power tools. I also have a 20, and a 30 amp 220V circuit in there…

It’s great not having to run a long power cable to the laundry room to get power to my table saw, and my dust collector just so I could get my A/C working, and even then hope the breaker wouldn’t flip…

Another thing I noticed, on its own, fully dedicated 20 amp 110V circuit, the 13.5K BTU portable unit AC works a LOT better

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 08:49 PM

glad you made it over that hump

a real relief to know
you are safe
and with lot’s of power to spare

well done

where is the next project
surely you aren’t just
sitting there looking at the new outlets lol

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 09:53 PM

Insulation and sheet rock.

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 11:50 PM

Oh for what it’s worth, the GFCIs that were installed, have status LEDs, they are kind of fun to watch with the lights out… But then again, I am easily entertained.

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 03:31 AM

Great movement, electric is always a plus. I run to power cords from my panel to my shop

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 07:07 AM

Kinda bizzare to me as we only have 240V domestic supply so don’t have to worry about rewiring for heavy load tools.

Glad to hear you are all up and running.

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 02:42 PM

Never knew you didn’t have 110v on the other side of the pond….

Here in the U.S. (Canada and Mexico as well, been there, seen it first hand), we have friends and family all accross North America, anyway here we have nominal 115v (frequently called anywhere from 110 to 120v) and the 230v (frequently called 220, and 240v). The 115 is used for lower power applications, such as, well everything in my shop now. All 2 HP and under. (I think that is 1.5kw or something like that).

It would be nice to not have to think about which socket I need to plug what into… Then again, the concept of plugging say a charger for my cell phone into a 240v circuit seems rather odd to me…

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