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Mark Mazzo

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#1 posted 11-28-2007 06:22 PM

Mario,

My shop is in the basement of my home. I wires a 50 amp sub-panel for the shop. All of the outlets inthe shop are fed from this sub-panel. I shut it off at the main every day after I leave the shop. This gives me piece of mind that the little fingers of my kids will not go exploring the green on buttons of dangerous shop tools when I’m not around (the panel is high enough up on the wall that it’s difficult for them to reach). The only thing that is fed outside of the sub-panel is the shop lights – this is so that if any circuit breaker for some reason were to trip I would not be in mid cut with the lights out!

I have no idea if this is common practice in industry, but I think it is a good idea. One added benefit is that it shortens the runs to individual tools so that there is not an issue with lights dimming etc. when a tool is started due to losses in the long runs of wire from a main breaker panel.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com


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