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#1 posted 07-25-2017 06:32 PM

I am not an electrician; that said I have designed enough data centers (measured in KW/foot) to make a few suggestions. I would only run 10AWG for lights and 12AWG for everything else (it is common to forget and run a space heater from a random plug). AC/Heat and DC should be on their own individual circuits, for you will be running those while otherings are running. A agree with running 12AWG to the shed (separate circuit). It never hurts to have the wire in place; you can always change the breaker if you need to.

I agree that the 220 circuits be on their own breakers. Just have fewer of them. You can add 220 cords to equipment and 220 outlets. You can even get 220 “extension cords”. Just make sure you settle on a standard plug/receptacle, and make them all the same, there are several to choose from.

I would alternate outlets for breakers. Chances the “big” equipment you want to plug in will not be sitting right next to each other.

Watch the electrician connect the wire to the panel, you will see that its really no different than from wiring an outlet. IMHO, I would not have an electrician out. Watch some videos and you will see it really is nothing.

If you are wiring your own box, keep in mind each breaker alternates between the 2 legs (2×110v). This allows for a 220v breaker to be put in (taking up 2 breaker positions). That in mind think about what you will be using at the same time and try to put them on alternate legs (another reason why I suggest “alternate outlets for breakers”).


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