Author Archives: The Hammer

Not enough power….

We knew there were several things we were going to need to change regarding the electrical system. And I’m not just talking about the cosmetics – new rocker switches, outlets and lighting. I mean the big stuff, like moving the breaker box out of the living area and upgrading the box from 100 to 200 amps – MORE POWER! The original 100 amp GE panel was located in the living area. They probably just painted it white, or might have even hid it behind a picture. We wanted it moved to the basement area and, if possible, increase the amperage for future use.

Notice the 100 amp panel behind the ladder. It needs to be moved out of the living area to the "basement".

Notice the 100 amp panel behind the ladder. It needs to be moved out of the living area to the “basement”.

We contacted several electricians to see what their recommendations would be. Both suggested a move to a 200 amp panel with new breakers. I had originally thought we could move to a 150 amp panel and reuse the GE breakers. In the end, we had Tom install a new 200 amp Square D panel with new breakers and a new main power line from the electric meter. New grounds were also installed. Now we have plenty of space for new circuits. We’ve already planned to run a subpanel (using the old 100 amp panel) to the garage. You can never have enough power…

Tom drilling holes for new wire feeds.

Tom drilling holes for new wire feeds.

New 200 amp breaker panel.

New 200 amp breaker panel.

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