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10-16-2012 07:30:18

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I would think you wouldnt want any less than a 100 amp service to your shop. So with that being said # 4 wire would be the absolute smallest wire you want to go with. I would go with the next size heavier wire to be on the safe side.

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Brian G. NY

10-16-2012 18:05:54

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 Re: Power in reply to Greenday, 10-16-2012 07:30:18  
I agree with Greenday; my shop is 220 feet from my main panel also.
Back in '96 I ran 3 2-0 aluminum cables in conduit out to the 100 amp breaker which seemed to work just fine.
However, after discussions by John T. and others here and on other forums, I "saw the light" and ran a #4 copper ground wire back to the main panel and separated the ground and neutral in the sub-panel at the barn. Luckily, I "saw the light" just before the price of copper skyrocketed. LOL

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John T

10-16-2012 10:24:09

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 Re: Power in reply to Greenday, 10-16-2012 07:30:18  
No 4 wire drawing 50 amps over 220 feet drops 5.62 volts or 4.68% while No 2 only drops 3.53 volts or 2.94%. Dern copper is expensiveeeeeeeee lol

John T

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