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Old 02-09-2008, 11:22 PM
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I have a 200 Amp main panel and 30 ft away in the basement I want to install a 100 amp rated sub-panel. Same house, but different floors. Can you help me by giving me advise on size of breaker in main panel, and size of breaker in sub-panel. Also size of wire between the two panels

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You really need to do this by strict code. There are a couple of guys here that should chime in on the breaker sizes & wire...but give the exact number of feet for the wire to actually get to the sub panel.

One very important "code" thing sometimes overlooked on subpanels is that you must have a grounding wire which is at least the same gauge as the feed wires. I know that sounds confusing, but it is a must.
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The first thing you should do is check the local codes to verify what you can, can't, and must do. That being said, you will probably find that you need to use 2 copper or 1/0 aluminum (IMHO use the copper). In order to get the full benefit of the 100 amp sub, you will need a 100 amp breaker supplying it from the main. Depending on your local codes, the ground may need to a seperate ground rod driven into the ground outside the house.
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