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Wiring for a Electric Panel in a Pump House and a Home

Can we run power from the electric utility pole to a large pump house main panel and then to a panel at the main house?

Electrical Code General Question for a Main Panel
Electrical Question: Can we run power from the electric utility pole to a large pump house main panel and then to a panel at the main house?

My electrical wiring project involves installing a Main Panel for a New Home.

This electrical wiring question came from Kevin, a Homeowner in Snohomish, Washington.

Additional Comments: Just found this site and it has so much info.

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

How to Electrical Code General Question Main Panel All Areas

Application: Installing an Electrical Service to a Home.
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 Snohomish, Washington. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Resources to help you do electrical wiring in your area:
Locate Electricians or Electrical Contractors in Washington
Washington Electrical Contractor License, Building Permits and Electrical Codes

Basic Electrical Code General Question for a All Areas Main Panel

This electrical wiring project is about locating the main electric panel at a pump house which then supplies power to a workshop, the home, and a garage.

Main Electric Panel at a Pump House with a Sub Panel at the Home
For dwellings such as this you do have the option to have the meter main panel at the pump house, and then feed off of that to the home and shop panels. It’s a great idea and works out very well. Just be sure to size your panel feeder cables accordingly for the amperage and the distance, and factor in any large equipment such as air conditioners etc., as you do not want to have the voltage drop when a large load starts up. The website has wire sizing calculators and panel load calculators that may help you. You can find links to these calculators listed on the home page of the website.

Pump House Electric Wiring
Also be sure to have provision in the pump house for the pump, a light, and outlet for service work and if needed for heat cable if this is a cold area. You would be surprised how many folks do not plan for these things and regret it later.

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