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Subpanel I am installing the subpanel a distance away from the main panel. After I run the heavier wire from the main to the sub I will need to run the existing wiring from the main panel to the subpanel. What is the best way to accomplish this?

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The only way unless the existing wiring is long enough or can be re-routed to the new sub is to use junction boxes with covers and wire nut to connect the wires ( make sure that the wire is the same as the wire you are connecting to and install breakers to accommodate the amperage rating of the wire examples are # 12-20 amp, #14-15 amps , # 10-30 amps # 6 50 amps do not put any 220 volt and 120 volt in the same junction box and no low voltage wire in with 120 or 220 volt wires , if you will need to splice the range wire or any wire larger than #10 i would recommend replacing with new wire if this is not possible then use only connectors approved for the wire to be used .good wiring !

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How do I run from a 100 amp main panel to a 60 amp subpanel, 125 from my house to the garage


See 60 Amp sub-panel image

Above image shows drawing of 60Amp sub-panel located next to main panel. Drawing shows #6 wire... 125' distance to garage calls for #4 wire. I ran #4 to my barn and have no problems.

Give thought to how many new breakers you want at garage.
See photo of subpanel that holds three 240V breakers

Using drawing as a guide. Replace existing 240Volt breaker with new 60 Amp breaker. Two hot wires connect to new 60 Amp breaker. Neutral connects to neutral busbar.

More space: You can free up space in main breaker box using a tandem breaker. Or by doubling up 2 lightly used 120V circuits onto one breaker. Do not double-up on 240 Breakers

Conduit: You want PVC conduit large enough to fit three #4 wires. Bigger conduit is easier to pull wires ... and maybe later ethernet wire, or alarm wire etc.

Ground wire: You can put a ground rod at garage and run #6 bare copper between sub-panel neutral-busbar and ground rod. Attach ground wire firmly with grounding clamp.

I want you to check with local electrical supply for exact code in your area concerning conduit requirements, grounding, and wire size. Tighten all lugs very tight against wire.

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I am installing a sub panel in a detached building from my house. Which is 100 ft away. I plan to have four separate circuits. One that will service a ceiling fan and 3 for plug ins that will only run a TV...


You could use 6/3 with ground. You must take an equipment ground conductor along with your current carrying conductors. Still drive a ground rod at the building, and add a seperate ground bar in the sub panel. Connect your equipment grounding conductor from main building along with the equipment grouding conductor to the ground rod. Do not bond the neutral in the sub panel to ground. Be aware you will still have some voltage drop, so a 220V air conditioner might be better.

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I have a 200amp main with a 150amp sub panel and I'm not sure of the wire size I would need for an 80 foot run. With the multiple answers I got confused. I was told 2/3 w/ground, 2/0, 2awg or #2. Also, I...


All of the answers you got were all for the same product, it's just being said differently. 2/0 is the correct wire size. I think this question may be old, so you may have already completed your project. By the way, with copper, the voltage drop on an 80 ' run is 0.8 %. On aluminum it is 1.56%.

At any rate, a 150 amp sub-panel with 20 circuits running on a 200 main amp can easily be overloaded. You should probably have a 300 or 400 amp main with a subpanel that large.

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You need to run the appropriate size wire from the main panel to the new sub panel. I would recommend getting a electrical contractor to do this for you.

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