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I'm planning on getting a permit to run a 100 amp service from my box (after the meter) to my detached garage. I will have an electrician (relative) inspect it when all is done.
I have a distribution box outside behind my house, which is next to my meter also outside.
This is what I have gleamed so far.
To run power from the back wall of my house, to my garage (probably about 20-30 feet at most)I need to use direct burial cable, and bury it about 24" deep. (although I need to verify local regulation first)
And of course I will use a breaker box in the garage, with one dedicated 50 amp circuit for an mm251 and eventually a 200dx, the rest will be split up into another 220 volt circuit, and a few 110 volt connections.
I'm thinking I will also install another breaker box near the main feed at the back wall of the house, since it will be easier to tap into the two opposing 110 volt power wires before the exhisting breakers(more than likely), I'm not sure exactly how I will be able to make thise large cable to cable attachments, I'll probably have to buy some special wire attachments. Thanks for any insight or tricks of the trade on makething these connections.
In case some morron were to dig and short out the wire (like me, haha), I figure I better mount another breaker at the back wall of the house for this circuit.
So my question is, how do I insure I'm getting 220 volts, and 100amp to the garage?
Other than running a thick enough cable from the house to the garage, and breakers with large enough capacity on both ends? should I then indeed have 100 amps, or is their more to do.
I'm thinking of going a little overkill on the burial wire, and going with some pretty thick stuff. Then again, I could just used two seperate 220 volt circuits between the house and the garage. Two sets of three wires, for example 4 guage burial wire, 6 cables.
4 cables running 110 volts each, and 2 neutral cables. Do the grounds have to be run as well? Or should I just use an earth ground attached to the garage? (I'll probably do that)
What if the wire between my meter and the pole is not thick enough to provide proper amperage?
What if the wire between my box and the meter is too thin? (I haven't looked, would I be able to change this?)
Will I have to pay the power company to upgrade their service lines?
Anything else I should be considering, or extra steps to take?
Do the meters typically have an amperage rating / capacity? I may go with a lower amperage to avoid the need of renting two seperate meters (depending on cost) from the power company.
Thanks in advance,
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