Just want to confirm... (subpanel)

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Old 12-01-08, 04:51 PM
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Just want to confirm... (subpanel)

...my understanding.

Subpanel in a separate building (shed). If it has more than 6 circuits it needs to have a disconnecting means.

I take this to mean a sub with more than 6 circuits (throws) would actually have to be a main breaker panel rather than a main lug panel.

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Old 12-01-08, 06:23 PM
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Correct.

You can back feed a breaker rather then use the main lugs. Or you can buy a separate disconnect and run from the disconnect to the panel.
Many times a main breaker panels are a better value than a main lug anyway. It doesn't matter if you put in a 100 amp main breaker when your are feeding it with say, a 60 amp feed. As long as you protect the feeders with the correct sized breaker, the 100 amp is acting as just a disconnect.
 
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