I'm in the planning stages of finishing a room in my basement. The
main panel for the house is 200A and is located in the basement. What
I would like to do is add a second 200A panel just for the basement.
The reason why I want to do a separate panel for the bsement (not a
sub panel) is that at some point in the future we may want to move the
washing machine and clothes dryer into the basement, possibly put a
kitchen, and maybe a hottub. The house is 7 years old, and all
electric w/ a heatpump. Initially the basement will be used to host
LAN parties (parties where everyone brings their computers and has fun
gaming against each other) for up to 30 people (30 computers and
Am I right that a sub-panel off the 200A main panel would not be the
way to go?
Is it even possible to do something like this:
Instead of this:
Utility --->Meter ------200A ----- 100A
To accomplish that would I have to have 2 meters? (against zoning to
have 2 meters on a single fam residence where I live.)
Or would I have to do this?
Utility --->Meter ------400A ----- 200A
Of course whatever I do will be done by a licensed electrician.
Thanks in advance for any advice.