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Re: Calling JohnT and BD!!! Sub panel issue!!!

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JD Seller

07-26-2013 22:18:44

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I have four wires ran to each sub-panel. The two hots, insulated neutral and a separate Green/bare ground.

The neutral and grounds are hooked to the same bar in the boxes. At least all the sub panel boxes outside are that way. There is a sub panel in the up stairs that is a newer box. It has the isolated bars so the neutrals and grounds are separate. I also ran four wires to it.

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Greg 2N (TX)

07-27-2013 06:17:15

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 Re: Calling JohnT and BD!!! Sub panel issue!!! in reply to JD Seller, 07-26-2013 22:18:44  
Great! You have the safety grounds run separate.

Now you have the ability to easily make the sub-panel ground attach only to the box ground bar for equipment ground.

All panels have the neutral bar isolated from the box, just like the hots are isolated from the box. The only difference is that the main panel ties the neutral bar to the box with a strap or a green screw.

Remove the bonding strap or green screw in the sub-panels.
Make sure the sub-panel neutral is connected to isolated neutral bar and the safety ground is connected to the box grounding bar alone.

And yes if you can afford the GFCI's at the waterers, then go ahead, but eehhhhh......

Amen again....


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Greg 2N (TX)

07-27-2013 06:26:16

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 Re: Calling JohnT and BD!!! Sub panel issue!!! in reply to Greg 2N (TX), 07-27-2013 06:17:15  
BTW you may have to get some grounding bars for sub-panels that do not have one. Not a big deal, i trust you can do it.

Always make sure the mains are off, NO SHORTCUTS or HASTY DECISIONS with 240 volts brother.

240 volts means serious business.
Be careful or get an electrician if you have butterflies about it.



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