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New subpanel and power center - weekend project

I have been needing this for quite some time - new 100 amp subpanel with power center below. Two 30a 240v, three 20a 240v, and two 20a 120v on separate circuits. This was much easier and quicker than trying to get these in the exterior walls and I don't mind cords on the floor, although I'll be running them ganged together so it's not like they'll be all over the place. I'll also run two separate 20a 120v receptacles to the other side of the room and put them in the ceiling (like my garage door opener).

Now I can run all the tools in my shop without unplugging anything or having to run an extension cord into the utility room (like most garages, ours is on a single 15a 120v breaker for all four receptacles).

The 30a 240v is for the new Laguna bandsaw (http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/n...e-today-65755/) and my PM66, 20a 240v is for air compressor, mini-split, PM jointer, and DC which leaves one spare although I have space available in the subpanel if necessary for expansion later.

I'll probably go live with the power to the subpanel tomorrow after work. If I get finished in time I'll put the 10/3 SJO cord and plug on the Laguna and give it a test spin.

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I believe I would have located the sub-panel in the shop rather than next to your main. How far is the shop from the boxes?
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One in the same - two car garage is my shop.

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So the main is in the garage?

That had me puzzled a bit also. I have 100 AMP subs that are the size of your main, so now I know the smaller panel is the sub, and "power center". How about a close up of that unit? It all looks very professional!

Of course the usual admonition by a member who is no longer with us would be near the top of the thread.... get a licensed electrician, woodworkers are not electricians. Well, some are some aren't, or at least some are qualified/skilled enough to do the work. The other difference is that you are not seeking advice, just showing your skills.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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How about a close up of that unit? It all looks very professional!

.... get a licensed electrician, woodworkers are not electricians. Well, some are some aren't, or at least some are qualified/skilled enough to do the work. The other difference is that you are not seeking advice, just showing your skills.
Thanks, I love doing this sort of thing and detailed work is what I like best, whether it's in an electrical panel, woodworking, playing guitar, or whatever.

A Deacon in my church is a licensed electrician with his own business and since he lives around the corner he stopped by to check my work - it passed. I knew I could get it in and functional but he gave me a few pointers to make sure it meets code. He'll stop by today after work and double check before I do the cutover and power up the subpanel.

Here's the close up of what I called the power center. I'm not sure why the photo makes the receptacle covers appear slightly off but they're very evenly space and all level. Oh, well, iPhone photo... -
New subpanel and power center - weekend project-subpanel-power-station-close-up.jpg

Looking out across the garage (rapidly becoming a shop) from the breaker corner -
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You can see my PM66 cabinet on its side awaiting painting and reassembly along with my 'extra' Delta DJ-15 Jointer (that I need to get rid of) and some yard tools and such that will go in the shed we'll build very soon.

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Finished

Everything worked right the first time and nothing blew up or sparked. That's a GOOD thing!!
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Looks real good. You wouldn't find an electrician that would do work that neat.
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Looks real good. You wouldn't find an electrician that would do work that neat.
Thanks, Steve. Yeah, if we had to pay someone to do all the stuff we do around the house, to the level of detail I want and expect, we wouldn't be able to afford all the 'stuff' to hook up to this new power center.

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