Add a 60 Amp subpanel

Old 01-03-03, 01:46 PM
Marvin Stewart
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Question Add a 60 Amp subpanel

I have a 200 Amp service breaker box. There are four vacant breaker locations on the right hand side at the very bottom of the box. I intend to add a 60 Amp breaker to supply a subpanel for a finished basement, including 240V baseboard heaters. The 200 Amp service should easily handle the added requirements. I have noticed in the main box (and other mains that I have seen) that breakers are usually positioned with the higher Amp breakers on top (near line) and they tend to descend in amperage with the 15 Amps usually located at the bottom. Is this a requirement? or can I just add the 60 Amp breaker at the very bottom? I dread messing with the "spaghetti" at the top of the panel. Rearranging breakers to add the 60 near the top would be a nightmare because the box is already wired with a generator power transfer switch. The vacant four breaker spot at the bottom is relatively clear and is my obvious choice. Any thoughts?
Old 01-03-03, 02:34 PM
Matt Marsh
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It is merely common practice by many to install the larger breakers closest to the feeders and main breakers, but it is not a requirement. The bussing is normally rated the same at all breaker locations. Matt
Old 01-03-03, 06:56 PM
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Matt is right on target.

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