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Old 02-26-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Installing service to my garage.

I have a garage that's apart from my house that I'd like to run service to. The main thing right now is I'm trying to get an idea of the scope and cost of a project like this and whether I want to try to do it myself or bring someone else in. As I'm sure you can understand, I don't like paying someone to do something I can do myself.

From the service box in my basement to the garage it's about 25-30 feet. I want to run a 220v line from the box to the garage. The garage already has wiring installed, but it's from the 1950's. So I doubt it's up to code or is 220v. Basically, I just want to put in some lighting and some outlets so I can use it as a workshop.

So basically, like I said, my question is, does this sound like a project a layman could do himself. Would the money saved by doing it myself be worth the hassle? And finally, is there any literature out there that could get me started on understanding what I need to know for this project.

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Old 02-26-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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Start by searching this forum.

The same qusetion gets asked at least once a week.

My advivce is to hire someone and help stimulate the economy.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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Have you done any electric work before?
A sub panel is not really what you want to learn on
Are you allowed to perform electric work where you are?
For someone who has run circuits before it's fairly straight forward
But its not something you want to mess up

How is the existing power getting to the garage?
Can you dig a trench between garage & house - or where the main panel is located?

In some cases you can save $$ by doing the grunt work - dig the trench, then an electrician makes connections

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Old 02-26-2009, 08:15 PM   #4
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As 220/221 said, it is a frequent post. I am one who likes to DIY as well since I learn from the experience. Should you do it? Judgement call- call around and get it priced before making that decision. Can you do it? probably- 25-30 feet doesn't sound like too much trouble although you will need to trench for the connection anywhere from 18" to 2 feet down. It depends what type of surface is between the house and the garage. You will need to pull a permit and have it inspected as well. Call your city/county building office to find out what might be necessary to do it yourself (if allowed).
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by 220/221 View Post
Start by searching this forum.

The same qusetion gets asked at least once a week.
Yes, search the forum for sub panels. It's the hottest subject going. There are a couple threads in progress right now.
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