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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #16
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Flashers...
if you can show me what you mean it would help

I kinda understand u are talking about coming from the bottom of the
Meter to the New Garage.
The distance to the New Garage would only be 12 feet straight to the New Garage from the side of the house ( in that area ) so I would have to
bury the wire in ground ( all my utilities are under ground here )
so that means put in some kind of Plastic Conduit I would imagine.

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something you have to Pounce on it first or its GONE... lol.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:13 AM   #17
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I would NEVER buy equipment meant for personal and home protection from some guy on Craigslist. Take a trip to one of the home improvement stores, panels are not that expensive.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:13 AM   #18
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if coming off the bottom lugs like you described is independent from the
home then wouldnt that mean that I would have a seperate meter for the garage?
please every one I am NEW to alot of the terminology so please
bear with me.
I know my house has a 200 amp service in the house but I am not
sure what at the meter.
How can I find out?
Contact your power company.
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if coming off the bottom lugs like you described is independent from the
home then wouldnt that mean that I would have a seperate meter for the garage?
No...

here's a (very simplified) diagram of how mine was connected. Note that I'm not showing the earthing safety system here (ground rods and connections). This shed was built in early 2008, and there are no other metallic paths between home and shed. Be sure you understand safety and grounding requirements for your particular case, or call an electrician.

As mentioned earlier, call your PoCo and ask what service you have from the transformer to your home. If your service from the pole is not all that big (when I did this, I found my home was on a 15 kVA transformer fed by 2/0 AL), you'll likely need the PoCo to help upgrade that portion too, depending on your expected loads. In my case, the PoCo's study showed I was drawing that transformer far over its rated capacity sometimes, and I expected to add 20 kW of electric car charging loads, plus my occasional machine needs (welder, etc.); they had to bump me up.
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