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What Is The Easiest Way To Install An Electrical Panel?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing an Electrical Panel: Can I feed a second sub-panel from the one I currently have in my home?

Electrical Panel Installation

Electrical Question: Can I feed a second sub-panel from the one I currently have in my home?

Thank you.
Background: Scott, a Handyman from Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Installing an Electrical Sub Panel

A Circuit Breaker Sub Panel

Application: Installing an Electrical Sub Panel.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians 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, and electrical panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes, with a permit and be inspected.

Planning to Install a Sub Panel

The following is an example that describes how installing a sub panel requires careful planning before the project can begin, and the considerations which must be given about the existing electrical panel and the future circuits that will be installed.

Selecting the Type of Electrical Panel

IMPORTANT:
All electrical projects such as this require a permit and inspections and should not be done by unqualified individuals. Electrical projects of this level are best performed by a licensed electrical contractor.

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