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Installing Electrical Power to a Shop from a Garage

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing a Sub Panel to another Electric Panel: I have built a new shop close to my garage and would like to install a over head cable to the garage and for a new panel in the shop. How do I connect to the electrical power in the garage breaker box.

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Electrical Question: I have built a new shop close to my garage and would like to install a over head cable to the garage and for a new panel in the shop. How do I connect to the electrical power in the garage breaker box

This electrical wiring question came from Mark, in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mark.

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Application: Installing a Sub Panel.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or a Certified Electrician. This is Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians Tools including pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for installing the sub-panel.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and size of the panel and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing electrical wiring within the immediate area that may interfere with the installation of the sub panel should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged if necessary. Working in an electric panel is dangerous due to arc flash hazards and the possibility of electric shock.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.

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