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#1 posted 09-07-2016 02:51 PM

FWIW, When I wired my garage, I ended up installing a 125amp sub-panel and it has served well. HOWEVER, I have found that I truly need MORE breaker spots (read bigger amp box).

That said, IMO, go BIG on the sub-panel box. You will eventually find that you “need” for that unexpected new piece of equipment, lighting, more outlets, etc.

- HorizontalMike

Thank you for that picture and your response! That actually raises another question for me. I’m looking at parts pricing, and I’m seeing flush and surface mount breaker boxes. Yours looks to be all surface(am I mistaken?). Our main breaker panel is flush mounted. My ASSumption is that the sub would need to be flush mounted as well? Or would it be possible to transition from flush to a surface mount box, and then route everything through surface mounted conduit? I don’t know if this adds any ease to the job, but it would be an easier sell vs. ripping up our finished garage and running everything behind new Sheetrock.

I know I’m probably at the point where I should be talking to someone local regarding code compliance and whatnot. I’m just trying to get a general feel for what I’m looking at.

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