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Posted on Electrical problems in my new shop. Help please

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#1 posted 08-07-2017 03:45 PM

Cost is hard to say, it will vary hugely by region. Here in Chilton, County, Alabama, you and I could completely rewire your shop, have the Co-Op hook you up, then go eat BBQ for way less that $1000 (including materials).

Cost aside, I’d be tempted to do away with all those existing boxes, drop in a Square D, QO panel, and rewire everything from that point.

On your apparent low power problem, even with the best of intentions and practices, any junction between aluminium wiring and any copper is prone to corrosion. In addition to being a possible fire hazard, those corroded joints can cause increased resistance and thus power loss. If you have an AC voltmeter, you may want to spot check voltages and see if you are seeing a drop where your tools plugged. of course, all that is moot if there is no aluminium wiring involved…

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