Garage Wiring and Electrical Service Panel
Home Electrical Panels for Garage Electrical Circuit Wiring: This project includes a garage that is attached to the existing house.
Rules For Home Electrical Meter Panels
Electrical Question: I have recently added on a 3 stall garage and need more power. The easiest way is to run a new panel with another meter.
- The garage is attached to my existing garage and house.
- The additional meter would be about 75 feet from my meter for the house.
- My question is can I have two electric meters for 1 house?
- Do I need to put up a firewall between house and garage or what?
- My local electrical utility Ottertail power guy says I cant have two meters, but a couple electricians say I can.
- I’m at a stand still and ground is gonna freeze soon.
This electrical question came from: John, a Contractor from Tower City North Dakota, Cass county.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.
Home Electrical Panels for Garage Wiring
Preparations for Adding an Electric Sub Panel
- Application: Adding a Sub Panel to a Garage.
- Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
- 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 a sub-panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Rules For Multiple Home Electrical Meter Panels
- Typically for a home residence you cannot have more than one electrical utility company meter.
- There are some exceptions, but this is strictly up to the electrical utility provider and the local building department.
- A approved rated fire wall or fire barrier is typically required between the garage and the home when the garage is attached to the home which extends up through the attic space.
- Check with your local electric utility company and building department for complete details for your specific location.
More about Electrical Panels and Wiring a Garages
- House Wiring Circuits and Circuit Breakers
- This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.
- Garage Electrical Wiring
- Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Garage Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.
For more information about Electrical Code
Home Electrical Code
Electrical Code Directory covering electrical-services.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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