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I'd like to upgrade my garage electrical capacity, however I am limited when it comes to electrical knowledge. Can anyone recommend a god book to read to get moving in the right direction?

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My house has a 225 amp main breaker. A 60 amp breaker supplies power to my detached garage. I'd like to step up to 100 amps.

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I studied a lot from Home Depots version of Electrical for Dummies. It started out with all the basics, and goes from there to more complicated things.
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My house has a 225 amp main breaker. A 60 amp breaker supplies power to my detached garage. I'd like to step up to 100 amps.
You already have 60 amp service to the garage so why do you feel you need 100 amp service?
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I'd browse the book section of a store like HD/Lowes and pick up something that looks good and put some time to reading it.

For myself I want a nice detached garage one day and personally I'd run a 60A subpanel to it, I plan on doing this in buried conduit.

Getting a copy of your local jurisdiction electrical code book might be worth it if you plan on doing alot of repairs, to do things right you need to get a permit pulled and you'll need to get jobs inspected and you'll need to know the relevant codes (me thinks). In theory at least. And thats how I plan on doing it all. I have a copy of my provincial electrical code book and I can quickly look up ampacity of conductors, how many wires of a certain size in a conduit, derating factors on the conductors, what size ground I will need for a job, how deep to bury conduit and any other restrictions. You might not necessarily need conduit to run underground but you might need special direct burial wire and you might have to bury it deeper.

A home depot type book can give you the basics but you'll probably need a codebook as well and they're expensive but they allow you to do things properly and safely and pass inspection.
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I have a water softner and two well pumps in the garage, one for the tap water and the other for the HVAC system.

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