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Old 12-15-2016, 05:36 AM   #1
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So here's what's going on... I've been a contractor for around 15 years, I barely ever play with electric aside from the basics. Until recently anyway. I just moved into a new place and long story short, the garage for my house needs electric. Here's the deal..
Right now, my garage has a small fuse box with 1 light and 1 outlet off it. Then running out the wall, underground through conduit and into the basement is the connection to the main breaker.
The run from the Main to the Garage is roughly (just under) 200ft. I just upgraded the house main with a 200amp box. Now I want to install the old 100amp box into the garage.

Any recommendations on first, what size wire I should use for the run from the main to the sub panel? [Again, 200ft distance, with below ground conduit, to a 100amp subpanel] and also, any other recommendations or input anyone would like to put in, by all means I'm open to it! I'm trying to get this done asap. Like I said, I know most of what I'm doing, im just getting drained trying to figure out the best way to supply power to the panel.

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Old 12-15-2016, 06:04 AM   #3
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Lol i can do eveything myself, why hire one just to run a length of cable? I just am unsure what the best wiring will be to use given the voltage drop due to distance, etc. I've installed new switches on breakers, grounding rods, basically everything aside from wiring the meter to the main itself. But I appreciate the reply.
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I'm not just a DIY person, im a contractor. I had assumed this was a forums site where other contractors gave tips and the like to others. It's called electrician talk, I didn't think it was just for gossip lol, I assumed it would be a.good place to get a simple answer.

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