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Install New Wiring in a Main Panel

Jake in West Virginia asks: New commercial 200amp 1 phase breaker panel. With line power entering from the bottom.


Wiring a Main Panel
Electrical Question: New commercial 200amp 1 phase breaker panel. With line power entering from the bottom.

New commercial 200amp 1 phase breaker panel with line power entering from the bottom. Most wiring is ran out of the top of the new panel.
Questions
Can I run power out of the bottom of the panel (MC cable) for the floor lights and emergency exit
Signs?
Does a group of MC lines bundled together and entering a commercial panel need to have a MC box clamp on the bundle or can I leave them entering through a open box connector (with out a clamp)? I put strapping around the bundle at the panel and supported it throughout the building?

This electrical wiring question came from Jake, a Building Contractor in Charleston, West Virginia.

Additional Comments: So far it is easy to read and the information section is easy to use. Great job.

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

How to Install New Wiring to a Main Panel

Application: Install New Wiring a Main Panel.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Main Panel, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Main Panel should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Charleston, West Virginia. A permit and inspections may also be required.

Install New Wiring in a Main Panel in a Office

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Main Panel – Installing New MC Cable and Wiring

From what has beenĀ  described the installation of MC Cable must be done according to applicable codes, which would include the appropriate MC Connector.

The installation of MC cables for any additional circuit may be added to any portion of the panel that has available knock outs.

Keep in mind that the specific NEC codes may be different in your location, therefore you should consult the local building authority for specific information. Asking the local building inspector specific questions in most cases can be very helpful.

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