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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Electrical advice sought on Federal Pioneer panel circuit breaker
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2021, 02:45 PM »
The panel in the basement is the only panel for the house and garage.

If not the pandemic, we were thinking about downsizing, and moving to a smaller place in three or four years. Replacing or upgrading the panel wasn't in any of our plan (of course, we didn't even know about the Federal Pioneer hazard background until now).

The thought of selling and moving probably is up in the air given the uncertainty of both the pandemic and economy. If anything, we'd like to catch with up the lost travel opportunities than moving!

I have a little over half a dozen empty slots in the current panel (out of 42?), and am not planning any significant changes to the configuration. May be I'd add one more 20amp circuit and another 220V outlet (SawStop runs on 120V, but can be upgraded to 220V) under the new panel for the shop if they don't involve extra permit fee.

« Last Edit: February 07, 2021, 02:53 PM by ChuckM »

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Electrical advice sought on Federal Pioneer panel circuit breaker
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2021, 04:06 PM »
Every Place does permit fees differently, so adding circuits may add to the permit, or may just be covered under the whole thing.

If you are planning/thinking of moving, then I would definitely upgrade the panel.  Even if legal, I'm sure home inspectors and such in Canada know about the issues and would flag it in a report, or possibly a perspective home buyer. Plus having a new panel will be seen as a good thing.

The  comment on the service size is a good one.  This is why I mentioned replacement service cable from meter to panel. From what I have seen, utilities at some point did general start doing drops as if everything is 200A, even if builders saved a few bucks and put a 125, 150A panel in a house. Getting to 200A will open up options for you and future owners. As the world goes electric, having 200A will be a must for everyone. 

It gets back to the permit questions and such, and I don't know how hard it would be to run. But if you go ahead with this, look into having a Nema 14-50 plug run into the garage.  This is basically the standard for EV car chargers.  Cheap to do it when the electrician is there and permits are pulled.

These are all things that people will be looking for if you sell your home.

Offline Samo

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Offline JimH2

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Re: Electrical advice sought on Federal Pioneer panel circuit breaker
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2021, 08:40 PM »
https://youtube.com/watch?v=tX-Ze8KhN10&feature=share

While the video is informative that creator needs to be less animated. Hard to stay focused with his arms flailing like he is learning how to swim.

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Electrical advice sought on Federal Pioneer panel circuit breaker
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2021, 09:50 PM »
https://youtube.com/watch?v=tX-Ze8KhN10&feature=share

While the video is informative that creator needs to be less animated. Hard to stay focused with his arms flailing like he is learning how to swim.

He's fully utilizing the aspect ratio, he always stays in frame, and yet uses it all.  Still, it's just how some folks are. Would be better if he had same units to show people more, than just looking at him the whole time.