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Installing an Electrical Sub-Panel
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Thinking about installing a Sub Panel? Here is what must be considered first, and you may find that you really do not need a sub panel at all.
Adding a Sub-Panel
Electrical Question: I want to install a sub panel.
- Can I install a sub panel from another 100 amp main panel?
- What size wire cable should I use?
This electrical question came from: Barbaro, a Handyman from Perth Amboy, NJ.
Additional Comments: Very Interesting.
Thanks for your electrical question Barbaro.
How to Install an Electrical Sub Panel
What must be considered before Installing an Electrical Sub Panel
Many electrical panels allow tandem, twin or quad circuit breakers to be installed which will allow the installation of a few more circuits, so research the type of panel that you have to see if it will allow installing circuit breakers of these types.
- Before installing a sub panel the following should be considered:
- Does the existing electrical panel have enough electrical capacity for the additional load of the new sub-panel.
- Does the existing electrical panel have the physical space available for a circuit breaker that would feed the new sub-panel.
- The size of the sub panel and the cable size that is required for the new sub-panel will depend on the electrical load that will be connected to the new sub-panel.
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