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#1 posted 09-07-2016 10:42 PM

The house was built in 1997. The panel is from Siemens:
I wasn t here when they removed the hot tub, but it looks like they just removed the leads from the 50a, and the entire run all the way back to the tub itself. There s an empty knockout in the bottom right hand corner of the panel that goes directly outside the skin of the house. I should probably fill that in…

Anyhow, I m seeing “QP” type breakers in there. Does that help?

For my situation it would be awesome to have 2 220v outlets tied to maybe a 30a breaker, and then a handful of 120v outlets tied to a 20a. My garage is tiny, and it is just a place to store my tools. Everything is either mobile or in the process of becoming mobile. That means that it would be Mia benificial to have outlets close to the garage door, so when I bring everything outside, my outlets would be close by.

Am I way off base?

- derrick3636

I’ve experienced Square D, Cutler Hammer and Federal Pacific and one other brand that escapes me…never Seimens (German I think)! Your mission now would be to find a breaker for that to feed the subpanel, then the sub-panel should be what you find currently available at your local store. Square D is usually available everywhere. We can start an argument here about whether you use their “pro-grade…QC???” or drop down to their “Home-Line”. I personally have had not problems with the latter and the breakers are much cheaper. “Code” might want separate circuits for each 240v circuit (4 slots vs. 2). With a small garage you might want 2 additional 120v circuits running 12ga on 20a circuits but one will probably suffice for now. I ran 3/4”emt conduit (maybe $5 for a 10’ stick, probably less). Plenty of room for a lot of 12 wire. If you use surface mount metal boxes and emt you don’t need a separate ground wire in the tube (properly installed the tube and boxes form a continuous ground but the outlets have to be tied to the boxes to ensure you maintain a continuous ground back to the panel.

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