When the home was purchased (not custom), the exterior garage/workshops
was offered as an option. When you ordered one of the optional
builings, your service box on your house was automatically upgraded
from a 200 service box to a 400 service. Another option that was
offered was toadd 220 60 amp in the structure, we odered two of the 220
60 amp options.
So, 1) I would have thought If they were upgrading the home service
from 200 to 400, the would have then installed a 200 on the exterior
2) If they saw there were two 220 60amp options purchased they would
have planned what the needed requirements would be and if there was a
red flag, contact the builder and inform them of the situation.
Additionally in the builders contract under electrical options it is
stated "Electrical Options for detached structure will be reviewed by
electrcal contractor. There may be additional costs to the buyer due to
the number of electrical options selected". If this was out of the norm
and needed a larger service box or larger guage wire, it should have
A rep from electrical contractor was out today, and he admitted there
was mistake but wouldn't admit who should be at fault, the sales guy,
who took the order, the electrical contractor, or the builder.
Basically he said it wasn't caught because the garage was speced to
them to use a 100 service box, so one guy installs the box, one does
the rough in, one guy, does the final wiring, and no one looked at the
whole picture or questioned the amount of amps or there usage. So they
are now sitting down with the builder and figure who is at fault and
who will pay the extra expense to correct.
As far as other questions and comments:
1) We tried to get a seperate service meter to the building, power
company couldn't do that.
2) As far as business run from home, these homes are all on 1 or 2 acre
lots, a # of people are running smal business from the home or back
yard structure. The main thing is you don't have a traffic of customers
or a parking situation, which we don't.
3) The type of videos we produce are 1) a talk show on natural health
care geared towards chiropractors and 2)DVD's aimed at offroading and