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I am running electric to my shed, in hopes to turn it into a machine shop. In the breaker box in the shed I have a 40A 2-Pole breaker as my main, and four 20A 1-Pole breakers. 120V is what I'm working with. How much of a load would it take to blow the 40A 2-Pole breaker? 40 Amps or 80 Amps?

I'm hoping 80!

I've included pictures but they're horrible.


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Tyler
 

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There is another 40 Amp 2-Pole breaker feeding the 40 Amp 2-Pole breaker. There is 8G wire running to the 40 Amp breaker. Does this mean I would need an 80 Amp 2-Pole breaker feeding a 80 Amp 2-Pole breaker to get 80 Amps?
 

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There is another 40 Amp 2-Pole breaker feeding the 40 Amp 2-Pole breaker. There is 8G wire running to the 40 Amp breaker. Does this mean I would need an 80 Amp 2-Pole breaker feeding a 80 Amp 2-Pole breaker to get 80 Amps?
#8AWG copper with 60C insulation can stand 40A.
http://www.jhlarson.com/ind_tables/conductor/table310-16.htm
40A @ 240v = ~10 kW = 80A @ 120v except that neither the wire insulation nor the breaker will stand 80A. The life of the insulation will be shortened (due to the wire temp. going up to 150C) and the breaker will trip within seconds.
 

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I'm hoping 80!
I am hoping that a 25 year old stripper will show up at my house tonight and, in a case of mistaken identity, make me see God.

40 amps @ 240 volts is what you have available.

You can pull 40 amps off one 120V leg and 40 amps off the other 120V leg and that adds up to 80. Maybe that's what you mean???


Before someone else yells at you, your main breaker is supposed to be screwed to the enclosure somehow(technical foul). I understanfd that there is a kit available for this.
 

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I am hoping that a 25 year old stripper will show up at my house tonight and, in a case of mistaken identity, make me see God.

40 amps @ 240 volts is what you have available.

You can pull 40 amps off one 120V leg and 40 amps off the other 120V leg and that adds up to 80. Maybe that's what you mean???


Before someone else yells at you, your main breaker is supposed to be screwed to the enclosure somehow(technical foul). I understanfd that there is a kit available for this.

So I will be pulling 80 Amps? But will the breaker trip at 40 Amps?
 

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The breaker will trip if either leg sees more than 40A. Let's start from here. What types of machines are you planning to put in the shed? Do you have any of them yet?
 

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Tyler, you will be pulling no more than 40 amps on each side. The breaker will trip if you pull more than 40 amps from either side. It's not "shared"... you have to manually keep things balanced. The breakers stagger in terms of what side they are drawing from.
 

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Resi service 101

......__40A CB__
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120v..............load
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...0v__________| <this is the neutral conductor
.....|................|
120v..............load
.....|................|
.....|__40A CB__|
 

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40 amps @ 240 volts is what you have available.



You can pull 40 amps off one 120V leg and 40 amps off the other 120V leg



You have a 2 pole, 40 amp breaker. If either leg draws over 40 amps, the breaker will trip.

In electrical terms, you have a 40 amp circuit. That means you can draw 40 amps off each leg. You can add 40+40 and call it 80 amps....but you still have a 40 amp, 240v circuit.
 

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......__40A CB__
.....|................|
120v..............load
.....|................|
...0v__________| <this is the neutral conductor
.....|................|
120v..............load
.....|................|
.....|__40A CB__|
I'm sure he's got it now.
 

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What may help in balancing the load is to label the outlets "1" or "2" depending upon which hot leg they are pulling from
40a = 4800 watts - that's a bit of power unless you are running a welder or something else high powered
 
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