I have a 200 amp service but have a small metalworking shop in my
basement. I find I need quite a few 220 breakers for all the machines
etc. My box is full with breaklers so I have no where else to get the
power I need. I'm trying to install a 220V heater in my garage. If I
elect to get another 200 AMP panel is it connected to the same lines
that come in from the street or does the electric utility need to
change my feed?
Can I use a 100 amp double pole breaker as a feed to a sub panel to
allow me to have two or three more 220 breakers in lieu of adding an
additional 200 AMP service.
What does it run $$ wise to have another 200 amp panel installed? I'm
He did say he needed 240V breakers... but then again if he has a Siemens
panel he can get breakers that have two double pole breakers in the
space that would normally be taken by two single pole breakers... the
handle ties are a little contrived but other than that they are a handy
solution to the problem...
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
Depending upon how you use the equipment in the shop, and what your current
connected load in the house is, the 200 amp service may be adequate. You
could increase the service and have two main panels, or you may be able to
install a sub panel. I think the largest breaker you can install in your 200
amp panel to feed the sub is 125 amp. The maximum number of circuit breakers
allowed in any panel is 42, so if you use half size breakers, you still
can't exceed that number
My best friend has a machine shop in his basement:)
Thing is if your usually the only one working in it rarely will
multiple heavy loads be in use at the same time.
In such a case you wouldnt need a 2nd panel.
Now if you have employees bustling about, then you would need a
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