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Thread: Electrical Advice for New Shop

  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by James & Zelma Litzmann View Post
    Hey everyone! Well, after many years James is finally getting his own shop for his woodworking. My question or should I say his question is what size/kind of electrical cable would he need to run 200 amps, 300 feet. Here is one that we’ve found but not 100% sure it will work. Not sure if the link is allowed, if not please delete.

    https://www.wireandcableyourway.com/...SABEgILO_D_BwE

    Any advise is much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Zelma
    Zelma, ditto the other's advice to consult with a local electrician.

    Having said that, the link that you shared to the 500MCM should be more than enough to handle your load.

  2. #17
    That cable is not permitted in a structure, it is intended for utilities who do not have to comply with the NEC.

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    300 foot run is 600 feet on most tables so you will need to upsize the cable. How is your existing voltage and is the service drop able to handle another 200 amps? If your are in the country can the main line supply 400 amps?
    Bil lD

    We had a 400 amp box put in to add the shop.
    God Bless,
    James & Zelma (Psalm 18:2)
    "Inscriptions Of The Heart"
    Texas
    ~A person is only as good as their word~

  4. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott T Smith View Post
    Zelma, ditto the other's advice to consult with a local electrician.

    Having said that, the link that you shared to the 500MCM should be more than enough to handle your load.

    Scott, thank you so much, we really appreciate your answering our question.
    God Bless,
    James & Zelma (Psalm 18:2)
    "Inscriptions Of The Heart"
    Texas
    ~A person is only as good as their word~

  5. #20
    We live in the country, we do not have to be inspected. Having said that, we decided to have a licensed electrician, the same one we paid to hook up James’ CNC/Phase Converter/Vaccumn Pump/Dust Collection system when we first purchased it. He will be here next week, thank you all for your words of encouragement.
    God Bless,
    James & Zelma (Psalm 18:2)
    "Inscriptions Of The Heart"
    Texas
    ~A person is only as good as their word~

  6. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by James & Zelma Litzmann View Post
    We live in the country, we do not have to be inspected. Having said that, we decided to have a licensed electrician, the same one we paid to hook up James’ CNC/Phase Converter/Vaccumn Pump/Dust Collection system when we first purchased it. He will be here next week, thank you all for your words of encouragement.
    That sounds like a good decision Zelma. I think folks here just wanted you and James to stay safe.
    Tell James we'd love to see pictures as his new shop is being built/outfitted!

    Fred
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

  7. The cable is not being used in a structure. It is intended for an underground feeder to a separate building which is what it is designed for. If it is not being used as a main service you have to run a copper ground wire with it also. Your electrician will be able to tell you what size you need for that. The 500 mcm might be a little bigger than you need but its always better to oversize rather than under

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