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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adding a ground bar to sub panel?

You should be able to buy a second bar for the sub-panel if it really is meant to be used as a sub-panel. The neutral bar will need to be isolated (it should have plastic insulator separating it from the case). The ground bar should be bonded to the case.

Does a subpanel need its own ground?

The biggest difference between a subpanel and a main panel is that the ground and neutral buses on a subpanel have to be separated. Most panels come with a bar joining the two, which is easily removed. Code requires subpanels to have a ground connection that's independent of the main panel's.

Can ground and neutral be on same bar in subpanel?

When Should Grounds & Neutrals Be Connected in a SubPanel? The answer is never. Grounds and neutrals should only be connected at the last point of disconnect. This would be at main panels only.

How much power can I run to a sub panel?

The amperage that you use should be no more than 50 percent of your main power service. So you wouldn't take 60 amps off a 100 amp panel. It is just too much and you are not leaving yourself enough for the main source.

How to install an outdoor sub-panel for a pool?

Plan is to install a 50 amp sub-panel (outdoors) on a 4' high post near pool. Water-tight flex containing 4 runs of 4# copper, 2 hot, 1g 1N. 50amp breaker in main, 50 amp main breaker in sub-panel and smaller breakers (gfci) to the loads.

Do you need ground rod for pool sub panel?

Yes, in this case also #10. You then also need a #6 (if you can believe it) from the ground bar in the sub-panel to a ground rod. You can use a #8 to the ground rod if you can keep it completely out of harms way. Got it Thanks!

What kind of breaker do I need for pool sub?

Water-tight flex containing 4 runs of 4# copper, 2 hot, 1g 1N. 50amp breaker in main, 50 amp main breaker in sub-panel and smaller breakers (gfci) to the loads. Will a ground rod be needed or do I tie the ground back to the house panel? #4 is overkill unless it's 3oo' from the source. Three #8's and a #10 ground will suffice for a 50 amp pool sub.

How to connect a sub-panel from main house power?

How to Connect a Sub-Panel from Main House Power 1 Installing a Subpanel and Choosing Cable. The subpanel enclosure must be securely attached to a wall or other stable surface with the fasteners recommended by the manufacturer. 2 Break the Neutral-Ground Connection. ... 3 Making Final Connections. ...

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