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Posted on Electrical problems in my new shop. Help please

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#1 posted 08-06-2017 12:12 PM

Hello Sweet Tea, I think these are subpanels that are fed from the main panel in the house. To know the amp rating of these subpanels you have to go to the main panel and see what the amp rating of the feeder breaker is. You are right, there is not room to add breakers to these panels for new 20 amp circuits. As for why your tools seem to be sluggish, I wonder if there are poor connections that are limiting current flow to your machines. If you have experience with a multimeter, you can turn off power to the circuit and then measure the resistance from the breaker to the receptacle. If you don t have much electrical experience then I recommend getting an electrician. A fire or worse seems possible if a mistake is made. Good luck! George

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Oh I am definitely having the work done by an electrician. The only other panel that I can find in this buildings is in the pic below. Doesn’t seem to be any other main panel. I think the problem with the sluggishness of my equipment is because there are 7 outlets and two lights on each breaker. Only 14 outlets in this building.

All of those take up only two breakers, the other six breakers are 1.-air conditioner, 2. Heater, 3. Lights that aren’t connected to run with the outlets, 4.-bathroom lights and one bathroom outlet, 5.-second room with 4 outlets, and the last breaker I am unsure of.

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