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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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Select Electrical Question(s) of the Day

Why is the Circuit Breaker for my Lights Tripping Off?

Jerry asks: I have 3 ceiling lights in one room with two light switches. they have been working fine for 18 years in an 18 year old home. the single breaker feeds 5 other ceiling lights and nothing else. all of a sudden, we noticed none of the 6 ceiling lights were working. the 15amp breaker was tripped and could not be reset. first, I replaced the breaker with a new breaker. then, I replaced both light switches. the lead wire from the breaker goes directly to the first of the two light switches to turn on the 3 ceiling lights. if breaker will not reset if the first light switch is turned on. the breaker will reset if the first light swith is turned off, then all ceiling lights work including the second light switch to the 3 ceiling lights. then, if the first light switch is turned on, the breaker trips. is it possible the one of the ceiling lights is the problem even though all 3 ceiling lights work?
Daves Reply:
Jerry, From what you have described, if the breaker trips only when a certain switch is turned on, but everything operates normally when the switch is off, then there is a problem ether with the light switch, or the wiring between the light switch and a light fixture.

How can I Wire this Switch for my Air Compressor?

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Daves Reply:
Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.

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