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#3691903 - 06/15/14 09:19 PM Electrical help (wiring garage)
robinhedd
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Wiring up my garage/shop (24x30) with full upstairs. I'm gonna put a 200 Amp breaker box in.

Question #1- What brand & how many spaces? Guessing whichever brand breakers are the cheapest.

Question #2- I want to run a big wire for a welder plug, what size wire do I need to run to handle any welder I want to run?

Thanks in advance, RH

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#3691938 - 06/15/14 10:40 PM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: robinhedd]
gasman
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Q #1: you can't go wrong with Square D brand. It's not the cheapest but definately the best IMO. ITE Siemens is also a good brand. 20 spaces will be plenty.

Q #2: #8 will be sufficient enough to run a welder. 50A circuit


Edited by gasman (06/15/14 10:41 PM)
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#3691947 - 06/15/14 10:54 PM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: robinhedd]
Redwing
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I'm no electrician, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express a couple years ago. I've been researching this to rewire the Cabin. Any Box you buy is going to have more than enough spaces for a garage, you could split the circuts up, (20amp breaker), upper level, lower level. Definatley put the welder and a compressor on their own circuit, weather it be 30 or 60amp, along with the proper size wire. Keep in mind any "Beer" fridge should be on it's own circuit with it's own emergency power back up. That's code I'm not making it up.
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#3691960 - 06/16/14 12:09 AM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: Redwing]
CR500AFX
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1) Siemens is an excellent panel. You can purchase a panel that comes with some breakers. It never hurts to get a panel larger than what you need. The panel will have to be sub-fed from your main panel or a seperate service installed.Lowes sells a sub-feed
lug kit Siemens #ECLK2225 to go in your main panel if you need to sub feed.
2)Gasman is right, 8ga will work for your welder.
3)You can NEVER have too many outlets and there is no limit on the number of outlets on a breaker although I try to limit myself to 8 or 10. Place outlets every 4-6 feet along the walls. I like to have a dedicated circuit for each wall of the garage. All outlet circuits should be on GFCI breakers in the panel.
4) Lights on a dedicated circuit with switches at ALL entry points.
5) Outside lights on a dedicated circuit.
6) Outside outlets on dedicated circuits with a GFCI breaker in the panel.
7) Dedicated circuit for garage door openers.
8) Air compressor on a dedicated circuit.
9) If the upstairs contains living space, all of the outlets in that area must be AFCI protected.
10) If you have an exhaust fan, it must be on a dedicated circuit.
11) If you install HVAC, of course it will also be on a dedicated circuit.
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#3691987 - 06/16/14 06:19 AM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: CR500AFX]
Coker
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Where are you located? I can point you to a good electrical supply house for all those parts. I wouldnt go to HD or Lowes.
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#3692044 - 06/16/14 08:52 AM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: Coker]
robinhedd
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Im in North AL, Decatur/Huntsville area
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#3692076 - 06/16/14 09:50 AM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: robinhedd]
Coker
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I would go to Consolidated Electric or Mayer Electric. Both are in your area.
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#3692165 - 06/16/14 11:09 AM Re: Electrical help (wiring garage) [Re: Coker]
robinhedd
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Thx Coker!
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