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Old February 18th, 2016, 02:21 PM
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Old February 19th, 2016, 02:34 PM
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AAhhhgh That brought back some not so fond memories!! You will get past it and it will be worthwhile... The pain will fade!!!
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Couple dozen more screws to put in, but nothing structural so giving my shoulders a little time to heal before finishing those. Next up electricity! Oh, and need to paint my walk doors so I can put the hardware on em and lock it.
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Couple dozen more screws to put in, but nothing structural so giving my shoulders a little time to heal before finishing those. Next up electricity! Oh, and need to paint my walk doors so I can put the hardware on em and lock it.
Conduit I hope. Doesn't look like the framing has holes for wiring. If it does, and you don't use conduit, don't forget the grommets at each place the wiring goes through the framing.

Conduit though would be the better choice. Gauge 12 wire or 14? 14 is good up to 15 Amp circuits, 12 is good up to 20 Amp circuits. Normal/standard house wiring these days is 14 (15 amp breakers). If the cost isn't prohibitive, I'd suggest using gauge 12 wire and using 20 amp breakers since this is a shop and it is possible you would use a piece of equipment which comes close to the 15 amp draw. For instance I have a 110v arc welder that pulls almost 15 amps at the highest setting, my house was built in the 50s and the whole thing is wired at gauge 12 wire so I can feel confident in knowing that my little homeowner's welder won't trip the breaker.

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Old February 27th, 2016, 06:30 AM
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Note on wiring: I have a 110v plasma cutter the run amps are ~15, but the strike amps are 28. I have a 30 amp dedicated circuit for it. Review you equipment wish list (and specs) before finalizing the wiring plans.
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I'm just getting to the sub-panel planning. It's a 125 amp panel, but was only going to put 100 amp breaker to it. I was JUST trying to figure if I would need a 30 amp circuit or not, and I DO plan on getting a plasma cutter.

Figuring on 15 for lights (14-2 wire), 2-20s for 2 diff wall socket circuits (12-2 David) and a separate 15 for the air compressor. That leaves a 30 and I'll go ahead and have it in and figure on running the wire once I figure out where it will go.

Speaking of ... I got all the lights mounted and wired up. Just have some temp power to it till I get the ditch dug for the 3-GWA feed. The picture is of a few of the lights as I was mounting them...there's a LOT more and it is plenty bright in there.

Thanks for the tips all...I'm learning as I go and good to have, at least, confirmation of it!
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I would run 20 amp for the compressor, you can run more than 100 amps worth of circuits, as long as every thing is not on at the same time. I do not know what you would use a 30 for in a shop, you would need a 50 amp 220 for a large welder, 220 air compressor would be 20 or 25
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I run my welder off of 30 amps and it runs OK for about 20 minutes straight welding, but then I have to give it a 10 minute break or it'll throw. Bob is right about the 50, but my wires weren't thick enough for that size breaker. If you can do it, do it with the 50. The 220 compressor is fine on 30.

Oh, and I'll be running electric to my shed this summer too. I'd like to see details on that if you don't mind. I figure I'll tie off of an outdoor plug and go about 18" underground with that gray plastic pvc piping, but I have no idea what I'm doing.

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*If* all you are running is lights... it isn't the best but should handle the load.

*If* you plan on running any equipment at all, even a drill or circular saw, run a new circuit. I had a separate circuit for my barn out back, and if I got real busy with the circular saw, and it bound for any reason, it and the lights tripped the breaker. Then it was a 150' walk back up to the house & breaker panel.
-well, until the tree fell on the overhead line and ... no more power to the barn.
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