"Anyway, I have but 5 circuits, one of which is an unusable 220v;"
Hi Jarhead! Welcome aboard from a newbie old ex-squid! I am curious... why is the 220V circuit considered unusable? If it is just because is it 220V, then you can still use it by splitting it in to two 110V circuits. Don't you just have to get 2 single pole breakers, and put one of the 220V hot legs to one and the other hot leg to the other breaker. Then wire a neutral from each one back to your neutral buss. Make sure you don't oversize the amps though. I am just getting started toward wood working, but I have had a little bit of experience with electricity in my time.
Fair Winds and Following Seas!
More location than anything on 220. The bigger problem is the whole system in the garage is not up to code, it was all done half-assed.
The contractor who built the house (before our time) lived in the garage while building it, as it was his own home. This guy is no longer in business...gee, wonder why?!
To top that off, the second owner, from whom we bought the house, insulated and covered the walls with OSB. Good thing right? Sort of. He also backed each of the sheets of OSB with contractor glue and siliconed everyone of the joints, to include the electrical panel, every outlet, window, etc., etc. The walls are sealed up for sure. Not a fun retro fit. Not impossible, just not fun...I hate squaring up other people's rounded corners.
Long and short of it is, when I have my neighbor up (electrician), I want to do the whole circuit right, leaving room for expansion and lots of power to run my shop. Hate to have a fire and lose everything.
Appreciate the advice though...thanks.