Wiring out of Service Panel

Old 10-17-02, 12:02 AM
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Wiring out of Service Panel

I'm planning on installing a new service panel in a new location and am concerned with how to route the wire for the various circuits from the service panel into the house. I understand the code has requirements for notching and drilling holes in wall studs, which at and near the service panel I think I would need several to route the wiring into the panel. Are there any tricks to the trade for routing the wire out of the service panel through the wall studs?? Any guidance you can provide will be appreciated.
Old 10-17-02, 03:07 PM
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Take the time to plan the route of the wire. if you look at where your coming from and where you wish to end up with each run then you will get the idea of which run to run first. Take your time and choose the best path.
Drilling the studs is much better then notching them as if you notch then you will have to cover where the wire is with a protection plate. Keep the holes in the stud near the center and you should be ok.
Mark each run when you start at the panel as to what it is for or where it is going then when you tie them into the panel it will be easier to make your panel schedule.
Hope this helps
Old 10-17-02, 06:39 PM
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kevlambski, a hint if your are going to drill more than a couple holes is NOT use a spade bit but one that is called a "ship auger" bit. It is self feeding and saves alot of time. Also, when you get the wire route planned as "gard" mentioned, make sure you check BOTH sides of the stud you are about to drill. You really dont want to pierce a wire, or freon line from the a/c etc..You are also probably going to come to overhead joists in the basement (if this applies) you cant drill thru because the cavity is filled with a heat duct,return air, or plain 'ol inaccesable. If you go under the joists in a basement, make sure you "mechanically protect" the wire. I usually sleeve it in a peice of emt conduit (make sure there are no sharp edges on the coduit end and install a bushing or a coupling at each end to prevent wire damage) or use ridgid pvc.

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