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Old 10-12-09, 11:30 AM
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Question power to shop

i want to convert a 3 car detatched garage into a shop.
i want to put a 125 amp service pannel inside-(i already have it)
i do not want to power the pannel from th e 200 amp pannel at the house.
could i run # 6 wire & a ground to the meter can?(about 40'way)
or what would be my option?
i dont actually need all of the 125 amps
there will be a 50 amp welder plug/2- 20 amp 220 plugs( compressor/saw)
20 amp-wall plugs/-20 amp-lites
 
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Old 10-12-09, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by newtofta View Post
i do not want to power the pannel from th e 200 amp pannel at the house.
could i run # 6 wire & a ground to the meter can?(about 40'way)
or what would be my option?
It is possible to power the shop from the meter location, however it will probably require replacement of your meter can with a meter/main combo panel, updating of the grounding system, and conversion of the main panel to a subpanel. This is generally the type of job that an electrician should do, but an advanced homeowner could complete it.

What is the problem with powering the shop from the house main panel? Perhaps there is another solution we could help with.

i dont actually need all of the 125 amps
there will be a 50 amp welder plug/2- 20 amp 220 plugs( compressor/saw)
20 amp-wall plugs/-20 amp-lites
It is okay to power the panel with less than it's maximum rating. A 60A subpanel wired with #6 wire is a common installation for a home shop.
 
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Old 10-12-09, 02:20 PM
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thaks for your info.
might go ahead with the 60a breaker.
 
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