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Old October 2nd, 2014, 07:53 PM
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Hello I have a few questions. I'm running new wiring from house to sugarhouse to accommodate for the RO and other stuff I will be running.
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It's apprx 130' from panel in house to panel in sugarhouse.

What size wire should I be looking for? And is alluimiun good?
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Will it be underground. I would put it in Grey conduit and go with at least 4 Gauge. Do you have the space for it in you house panel. Most house loops are aluminum so yea its fine. You will need 2 lines a 2 grounds.
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Best to find out what your TOTAL AMP LOAD will be and add extra 20% to that for start up electrical draw and as you said 130' of distance and look on electrical chart to tell you what size cable you would need. Guessing 60amp min on main sugar house panel and 30 amp for Lapierre 5hp RO. And 15amp on lights/outlet and 15 on other accessories.

Again figure out max amps needed=might be 100 at SH/ I don't know your needs but you need to figure that out? Vac pump at SH? Better make it 100 but some older houses are only 100amp to start with.
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I agree 100 would be best I have 200 at my sugar house and in the room were I have a water pump, vac pump and ro I have a 100 amp sub panel so there's not a million feeds run over to that one room.
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What size panel in sugar house? I would recommend 100 amp panel with aluminum feeding it.#2 aluminum for 3 conductors and a #6 aluminum for a ground. There might be a multiplex cable you can buy for this. Then like Haynes said place wire in conduit.
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Will it be underground. I would put it in Grey conduit and go with at least 4 Gauge. Do you have the space for it in you house panel. Most house loops are aluminum so yea its fine. You will need 2 lines a 2 grounds.
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What size panel in sugar house? I would recommend 100 amp panel with aluminum feeding it.#2 aluminum for 3 conductors and a #6 aluminum for a ground. There might be a multiplex cable you can buy for this. Then like Haynes said place wire in conduit.
No, no, no!

Jp, you said your gonna have a sub panel in the sugarhouse. In that case then you only run 2 hots and a neutral from your house to the panel. Bond the neutral to ground in the panel and then you must drive in a ground rod . I would run conduit and copper.
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If you plan on doing this yourself I would check your insurance policy. If by chance something goes wrong and they find out this work was not done by a certified electrician or inspected you might be SOL. Better safe than sorry and ask.
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If you plan on doing this yourself I would check your insurance policy. If by chance something goes wrong and they find out this work was not done by a certified electrician or inspected you might be SOL. Better safe than sorry and ask.
That's always a good idea. In Michigan a homeowner can legally do electrical work for themselves. Inspections vary from townships to city's on what needs a permit and what doesn't.
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You really should check with a local electrician. here in Maine you are suppose to run a seperate grounds and neutrals back to the panel from the sub panel because there could be a difference in impedance and having the way you describe wishlist could POSSIBLY not saying it will result in a dangerous situation.
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