How to Install Power for Another Building
The Process of Installing Power for another Building
Electrical Service Capacity and Local Codes
Question: I have a house out in the country. My dad is old and lives on a fixed income so I have an old house next to mine where he can live. Only problem is no electricity in old house and the electrical company charges too much to connect him. I had a manufactured home on the other side with electricity connected to my house and it worked perfectly with no problems for about five years, but then I sold it. I was thinking of doing the same thing to the old house, but don’t know if there will be enough electricity for both houses because old house is twice as big as manufactured home. Of course I will hire professional electrician like I did for manufactured home. Can I get some input?
This electrical question came from: Rene, a Homeowner from Harlingen, Texas
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Thanks for your electrical question Rene
Installing Power for Another Building
- The electrical service and available capacity of the existing service will need to be examined in order to see if an additional building may be added.
- The electrical loads of the other building would need to be identified to see if they can be supported by the existing electrical service panel.
- The equation of voltage drop due to distance will need to be factored in as well.
- The issue of what is permitted by the local code and building authority in your specific location is vitally important and the work must be permitted and inspected.
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