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A question for the electricians out there...

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Patrick.C


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Posted February 24 2005 - 05:02 AM

I didn't have enough empty slots left in my main box to power my basement, so I installed a sub panel last night. My question has to do with what size breaker and wire to run to the sub panel. I have a Cutler Hammer CH-type main panel and the largest 220 breaker that Home Depot carries is 60 amp. The largest 4 conductor wire they carry is 6 gauge. So that limits me to a 50 amp breaker. Here is what I'll be running off the panel:

65" RPTV
Amp, DVD player, VCR, cable box
9 arcade video games (between 2 and 3 amps each?)
11 65 watt can lights
12 45 watt can lights
mini fridge
sump pump/grinder

Will 50 amps of service cut it? I'm sure I could carry the home theater gear and lighting, but I'm concerned with what would happen when I fire up the arcade games.


#2 of 2 OFFLINE   MikeTC


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Posted February 24 2005 - 08:26 AM

50 amp is plenty, chances are that not all devices will be on at once even the arcade stuff.