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Discuss Figuring out if I can put in a sub panel in the American Professional Electrical Advice Forum area at ElectriciansForums.net

Hi guys, this is my first post here. I have an old house with a detached garage. I’m interesting in setting up a wood working shop back there, so that means 220/230/240v machines (ideally).

The previous owner built the garage about 15 years ago, and had electrical installed. It looks like they tied all the 110v outlets and lights onto the same circuit, then buried conduit in the back yard and up into the main panel outside on the side of the house. It looks like a patchwork of work, and the panel looks filled up as well.

I’m trying to figure out if I can have a sub panel in the garage so I can run those 220v machines. How do I figure that out?

If I can setup a sub panel, I don’t know if I have the confidence to do the electrical wiring myself. However I would like to complete as much as possible to avoid a large electricians bill. I’ll be spending my tool budget on this, so I want to plan accordingly. I was thinking putting in the panel, trench, lay conduit, make sure all parts are ready to go.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks guys!
 
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