Electrical Wiring

We’re getting close to finishing the electrical wiring. Along with the encouragement of my electrician friend, I decided to do the electrical myself. In our soon to be new city the home owner is allowed to do their own wiring. All I needed was to pay a $50 fee and I was all set. I started planning the electrical months ago with my friend and once the framing was complete, I got started. I’ve had some great help along the way. A couple weeks ago my friend Mark came out from Pennsylvania and helped me to start pulling the home runs. These are the wires that go from the main panel to the individual circuit (like the master bedroom). The following weekend my friend Scott came out from Minnesota and helped me put up the meter socket/service panel, garage sub-panel, and the house sub-panel. My friend Rick from Denver stopped in for a beer one afternoon and was once again wrangled in to help . Rick, Scott and I had a tough time pulling/pushing the 2/0 cable from the main to the house sub-panel through 100 feet (32M) of underground conduit I buried before the basement was poured. Then my dad was out the past week to help me run all the rest of the electrical cable, and more than 750 feet (230 m) each of coaxial cable for TV and Cat5e for data. It was a cold week, but my dad was up early every morning ready to go. I’m just about ready for inspection.

Our house was a little bit unique because we have the main service coming in underground between the house and our detached garage to the back side of the garage which is on the lower level due to our sloping lot. That’s where the meter socket and main disconnect are located. We then needed to figure out how we’d get the electrical into the house. A long ways back I ran conduit underground and under the basement slab to the far end of the house. This is the unfinished area of the basement and the loginal place to have the sub-panel for our house. With a 200 amp service we needed a good way to move the power into the house. We found a combination meter socket and panel with pass-through lugs for the house. So the power comes in from the street, through the meter, to a main disconnect, to a sub-panel that feeds the garage, and then through the pass-through lugs to the house. We decided to put a separate sub-panel in the garage to make it easier to wire now and in the future.

I hope to get inspected this week. I’ll report back once I know more.

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