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Ian S

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 09:22 PM

Great feedback so far. Thanks for the interest and help everybody!

On my to-do list:
- Research about how to run a 240V circuit
- Check on feeder size and total capacity at subpanel
- Get ready to post pictures :-D

Other questions:
1) I’m thinking of locating most of my outlets at the normal “knee” level, but would you all recommend putting some higher, e.g. at bench top or shelf heights? I mean, I will probably do that for some outlets anyway, but at this point I’m just making a wild guess. My main workbench will be in the center of the room on casters, so it may occasionally be against the wall, but probably not most of the time. What else have you all ended up plugging in (such a generic question) that would benefit from a higher outlet?

2) Whatever table saw I get, it will probably be dual-wiring. My understanding is that switching that kind of tool to 240V does NOT actually increase its power, it simply allows it to attain the same power with less amperage. Is that right? In that case, given that I’m going to have a dedicated 20A circuit for the table saw anyway ... is there any real benefit to having on 240?

3) What other favorite tools do you have that need to run on 240V? I can’t think of anything right now, but I’m only just beginning this hobby. Maybe a welder? I can’t think of anything else.

4) Receptacle preferences. I’ve only done a bit of electrical work so far (and am preparing to do a lot more research to make sure that I’m safe). Right now I have those simple blue plastic (Carlon) boxes in my shed, but I’m wondering if it’s worth my time to upgrade to more durable all-metal boxes with metal covers. #1 because they look sweet and aesthetics are important, and #2 bc it’s a shop and so everything needs to be a little more durable. Are metal receptacles worth the investment, or a waste of money?

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