adding a sub panel

Old 06-15-14, 07:53 AM
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adding a sub panel

A am adding a sub panel for a laundry room. There will be a washer, dryer, hot water heater, 1 light and 5 outlets. What size wire do I need to run from 55 feet to main panel?
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Are these loads already existing in the main panel?

I would add the heavy loads in the main panel.
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Presuming the Feeder Wiring Method will be non-metallic cable , you have a choice between a cable with 100 amp conductors and a cable with 60 amp conductors. It's as much labor to run a 100 amp Feeder as it is to run a 60 amp Feeder ,and either choice requires the same number and types of Circuit-Breakers, the only difference the ampere rating of the 2-pole CB at the Service.

So base your choice on the cost-difference between 55 ft of 60 amp cable and 55 ft of 100 amp cable.
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Personally, I agree with PCBoss. Heavier loads are better coming out of the main panel and to run 3 or 4 circuits, I'd rather just run them separately. Cost-wise for 55', a 10/2, 10/3, 12/2 and 14/2 is probably cheaper than a whole subpanel setup. If it's a pretty straight shot, I'd also consider running a conduit and pulling single wires for simplicity.

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