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Old 05-25-2009, 05:02 AM   #1
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Experience or comment regarding the GE 100-Amp Workshop Panel Kit?


Have been reading and posting about my detached workshop/garage. Getting ready to connect it up so looking for the bits and pieces needed to git-r-done.

Anyone have experience or comment regarding the GE 100-Amp Workshop Panel Kit available via Lowes for $54.00? Includes 100amp main breaker, a few 20amp breakers, 12 slots, and the ground kit.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=214802-76863-TM1210CCUG1K&lpage=none

I would be installing it in my detached garage, feed it from a 60amp breaker over three #6 wires with a #10 ground in about 100' of 1" conduit.

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That is a decent panel.
I install GE because that is what my supply house carries.

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That is a decent panel.
I install GE because that is what my supply house carries.
Fairly good quality and excellent price. I have two GE's in my house and like them just fine.
$54.00 with main. You can't go wrong. 12 circuits on a 100 amp panel not so good.
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12 circuits on a 100 amp panel not so good.
It's 12 slots and 24 circuits, so it says. I will only have maybe 1/2 the slots used, leaving room for forseeable expansion methinks. 24x30 garage/workshop for me working solo - so seldom multiple tools in use at the same time.

The 100 amp main breaker is a disconnect, panel fed with a 60 amp from the main panel.

1) 20 amp lighting
1) 20 amp general usage outlets - shop floor (table saw, chop saw, etc.)
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1) 20 amp general usage outlets - workbench (bench grinder, drill press, etc.)
1) 20 amp small compressor outlet
1) 30 amp motorhome jack (only used for storage and occational maintenance / exercising the RV)
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1) 220v 30 amp welder / plasma cutter
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Your plan sounds good and the price seems very good. I don't think you could buy that 100A main for $54


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12 circuits on a 100 amp panel not so good.
It depends entirely on what the circuits draw.

A dozen baseboard heaters...not so good.

12 circuits broken up for individual receps and lighting?.... great.

The fewer receps on a circuit, the less chance of overloading an individual circuit.

In a shop, I would install a dedicated circuit to each recep, just because. You'd spend 4 bucks on a breaker and a few more bucks on extra wire but you could then use any tool anywhere.
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In a shop, I would install a dedicated circuit to each recep, just because. You'd spend 4 bucks on a breaker and a few more bucks on extra wire but you could then use any tool anywhere.
I like that, would only add a couple more breakers for the general usage receps - as there are basically two wall areas with receps. The other two - built-in storage cabinets are along all of one 30' side wall, and a 16' double garage door in a 24' end wall. Thanks!

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You obviously haven't bought any GE major appliances lately, or you wouldn't even be considering buying a GE anything now. Go "Square D", and you'll get the nice "tripped" indication that most breakers don't have.

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