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Just thinking ahead ...

Posted by mikemr (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 10, 10 at 14:42

Has anyone put their main electrical service (320A single-phase) in a large shop/outbuilding and then run their dwelling's service as a subpanel? The house will be small and efficient to heat, geothermal heat pump and all that good stuff so the house should be more than happy with a 200A panel.

The reasoning is: I don't want to pay for two meters every month for the rest of my life, and I want to build the outbuilding first.

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RE: Just thinking ahead ...

I think you could build the outbuilding first and get a temporary power feed. Then the main at the house.

RE: Just thinking ahead ...

I've seen this done - the "house" was a modular home, installed after the garage was built.

A friend's father when I was growing up also lived in a mobile home that he had run as a subpanel from his garage, but I don't consider that place to be an example of what *should* be done anyway since the breaker box was lying on the ground in a crawlspace, and accessing it required moving the livingroom couch and disassembling part of the wall.

Gotta love redneckville.

RE: Just thinking ahead ...

Mike, what you propose is FINE. This is done all the time.

Just install the panel at the shop first and then to the house later.

RE: Just thinking ahead ...

Thanks everyone!

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