JB Sparks wrote:
Hunlock wrote:60 amp fuses.......
Yup, change it out. To bad ya bought all the equipment before you asked. Probably could have done a load calc. and found a 100 amp would have been good. Bottom line, if your cable run is across the cellar like you mentioned get a meter socket with a main breaker run the "SER" cable to the panel. Now, because your meter socket has the main breaker in it, this means your panel will be classified as a subpanel which means you have to have a ground bar mounted in the panel and all the ground wires tie into that. You also don't ground the nuetral bar to the panel box, keep it isolated from the ground wires. And yup, two ground rods, 6' apart. the wire from the metersocket to the ground rods will be # 6 copper. The wire from the panel ground bar to the water pipe system has to be # 2 copper for a 200 amp service. I assume your using # 4/0 aluminum for your service entrance wires and don't forget to use Nolocks (electrolis inhibitor) (sp) at all connections of aluminum wire.
The reason for the 200 amp main: VERY old home, with old knob and tube upstairs. I rain a feeder up to a 2nd floor closet, and have a 60 amp subpanel there, with ALL the wiring for the upstairs, including some aux electric baseboard heaters. And I have three otbuildings, two of which Iam running power to. So, I think the 200 amp is warranted.
You helped me out a whole bunch!!!!
But, still have a question or two.
Since my 200amp will be considered a sub panel, wouldn't the ground be tied to the MAIN(meter/disco), and not need it's own ground? I thought that if the subpanel is in the same building as the main, it would be grounded to it's main? An outside building would have its own ground?
Also, I am on a well system here with no metal pipe leaving the building...What to do now????
Thanks so much, you have been a HUGE help.
Sorry for all of the questions.