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weathersfuori

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01-07-2017 11:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wiring sub panel shop

So I’m adding a sub panel to my garage and trying to do some of the work myself to save money (going to hire an electrician to connect sub to main.

Where would you put the subpanel in my situation? I can’t put it directly to the left of the main because I have cables running between those studs from outside the garage that can’t be moved. I have it hung to the right of the panel in the picture, which would make it easy to connect the #6 wire from sub to main, but would have to run my branch circuit wires up and across all the wires coming out of the main panel that feed my house.

I’m thinking the better solution would be to go two studs to the left of the main panel, which would put the sub more in the middle of the garage and closer to where most of my outlets are going to be, and it would avoid crossing over existing wires with the new runs… can I just run conduit through two studs to connect the sub to the main, running out the bottom of the main and into the bottom of the sub? I may then put some sort of cover across the studs and over the conduit just to add some protection, since my new table saw will sit close to all this.

Thoughts? My new grizzly is getting bored waiting for me to get its juice up and running.

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WhyMe

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#1 posted 01-07-2017 11:48 PM

I’m truly not trying to be a smart ass, but why in the world are you asking questions about wiring up a subpanel in a wood working forum? Here’s a better forum….. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-ac-dc-9/ that is actually monitored by electricians.

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 11:55 PM

My 2 cents worth…. leave it on the right side (like I think you have it shown in the picture) drill through the studs under the main panel then go up to the ceiling drill through the top plates and run to where you need the conducting wires to be. Looks like there is room to the left of those “blue colored wires to drill through the top plates next to that 3 rd stud to the left.

Use some of those metal anti-screw/nail plates to protect the wires and you will protect the wires and meet code.

-- "can't died in the poor house" (Because he always went around saying... "I can't")

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weathersfuori

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 12:24 AM

Thanks guys,

WhyMe… fair point. I guess because I figured others here may have been in similar situations, and because I feel more comfortable posting here becausr it’s the only forum I really look at. Thanks for the link though- I’ll check it out.

-- Weathersfuori, Texas, www.facebook.com/f5creations

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WhyMe

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 12:32 AM

The reason I said what I did is because I’ve seen some really bad electrical advice given in this forum. But that comes with the territory. As far as running the feeder from one panel to the other there are multiple ways it can be done with or without the use of conduit. Just make sure you get your advice from a reportable source if you want to be code compliant.

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 12:36 AM


Thanks guys,

WhyMe… fair point. I guess because I figured others here may have been in similar situations, and because I feel more comfortable posting here becausr it s the only forum I really look at. Thanks for the link though- I ll check it out. I’m going to suggest that WhoMe just skip thread about electrical and let the rest of us learn some about electrical, something we use in our shop every day.

- weathersfuori


Don’t let WhyMe’s comment bother you. There are plenty of thread’s on LJ about electrical. If fact we have a fair amount of guy here who are electricians and know their stuff.

WhyMe is the first time have ever heard anyone complain about have an electrical thread.

WhyMe can just skip over electrical threads and let the rest of us learn about something use
use in our shops everyday

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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mrbob

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 12:53 AM

Thanks guys,

WhyMe… fair point. I guess because I figured others here may have been in similar situations, and because I feel more comfortable posting here becausr it s the only forum I really look at. Thanks for the link though- I ll check it out. I m going to suggest that WhoMe just skip thread about electrical and let the rest of us learn some about electrical, something we use in our shop every day.

- weathersfuori

Don t let WhyMe s comment bother you. There are plenty of thread s on LJ about electrical. If fact we have a fair amount of guy here who are electricians and know their stuff.

WhyMe is the first time have ever heard anyone complain about have an electrical thread.

WhyMe can just skip over electrical threads and let the rest of us learn about something use
use in our shops everyday

- AlaskaGuy


But how do you know who is who???
I would have had him call the electrician in that he would be using to get some preadvice.
I have seen it so many times, where the plumber/electrician/HVAC guy comes in to do the final/finish and has to correct the rough because it was not done right or to code.
I would have told him to put the sub box where the sun does not shine.

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WhyMe

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#7 posted 01-08-2017 02:25 AM

My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can’t accept others opinions.

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mrbob

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#8 posted 01-08-2017 02:34 AM



My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe

Not to mention his grammar, lost my confidence!!

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weathersfuori

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#9 posted 01-08-2017 02:41 AM

No hard feelings here… I think it was a fair question. But I agree there is a lot of good advice on this forum that isn’t necessarily limited to woodworking… you just have to weed through the bad advice (usually fairly easy to spot) and still question the good advice before you take it and run with it.

-- Weathersfuori, Texas, www.facebook.com/f5creations

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 01-08-2017 02:49 AM


My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe


You’re unknown to me and so is everybody at that other site. I’ve been on lumber jocks for a while. After a while of reading people post you get to know who knowledgeable and who’s a hack.
At this point I would take electrical advice from you or that site without investing some time reading post.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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jbay

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#11 posted 01-08-2017 02:53 AM

My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe

You re unknown to me and so is everybody at that other site. I ve been on lumber jocks for a while. After a while or reading people post you get to know who knowledgeable and who s a hack.
At this point I would take electrical advice from you or that site without investing some time reading post.

- AlaskaGuy

I wouldn’t…

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 01-08-2017 02:57 AM


My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe

Not to mention his grammar, lost my confidence!!

- mrbob

My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe

Not to mention his grammar, lost my confidence!!

- mrbob

If you’re one of those uppity spelling and grammar Nazi’s you just as well skip reading my post. My post will bother you immensely…............doesn’t bother me though.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 01-08-2017 03:01 AM


My comment was not a complaint. Electrical is not something to be learned from unknown parties. To get reliable information you should use a professional reliable source. I was providing my opinion and sorry that AlaskaGuy can t accept others opinions.

- WhyMe

You re unknown to me and so is everybody at that other site. I ve been on lumber jocks for a while. After a while or reading people post you get to know who knowledgeable and who s a hack.
At this point I would take electrical advice from you or that site without investing some time reading post.

- AlaskaGuy

I wouldn t…

- jbay


Thanks, I wouldn’t is exactly what I meant.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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MrUnix

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#14 posted 01-08-2017 03:05 AM

I pretty much gave up commenting on electrical threads. Not worth the effort – and I even got blocked by one member for pointing out that you do not save on your electrical bill by switching a motor from 120V to 240V – lol.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Madmark2

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#15 posted 01-08-2017 03:16 AM

Pick up a copy of “Ugly’s electrical pocket guide”. Read it closely with a hiliter.

M

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