Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Re: Wire my Garage like a Boat?
If you are going to do a serious shop with all the tools, you need real power. I wired my own house in Wyoming, ya you can do that there. In the process of building the house my garage turned into a workshop and has never seen a car inside it. I thought I added sufficient power initially but have had to add multiple 240V runs to accommodate a number all the tools.
Unless it is a very troublesome process I suggest pulling a large sub panel (60 amps) to the garage to future-proof it. Besides insurance claims, and resale value anything else will limit the shop. Real table saws, compressors and big tools run better on 240V even better on 3 phase. One other factor is voltage drop. Voltage Drop Calculator
If you want a garage/shop for small projects you can use some solar panels, extension cords and generators. If you want a shop to do some real work, get a permit and wire it right, water is good to have also.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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