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How to Plan for a Subpanel and the Type of Installation

Art in Missouri asks; Can I branch out to another small panel board from the main panel board to separate some appliance circuits? Planning for an Electric Sub Panel.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Can I branch out to another small panel board from the main panel board to separate some appliance circuits?

This electrical question came from: Art, from Kansas City, Missouri.

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Thanks for your electric wiring question Art.

Adding a Subpanel

Application: Adding a Sub Panel.
Skill Level: Intermediate to 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 a sub-panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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