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Basic Electrical Box question

I wanted to change out my electrical panel as it has the old push button circuit breakers and increase the physical size of the box for a few reasons.

I believe the house is on 200A (2, 100 amp breakers outside linked together)

1) Half of the house is not grounded, thats how they did it back then. Newer parts of the house are

2) I think I am maxed out on circuits and I need more room to add lighting, outlets etc...

3) I want to put a few outlets and security lighting outside and around the house using 12/2 wire ( I would presume in my outside electrical plan all outlets and light could be on one breaker as long as I don't exceed the amps)

4) As I remodel and update the house, I need to replace the wiring in the home that is not grounded and rewiring the whole house just may be a single project

5) I need to finish my laundry room but I can't sheet rock until I do something with the panel and everything above so I don't tear it out later

Now here is my question

Would it be easier to run all the NEW wire into a new location for the electrical panel ( I would have to extend the feed line from top floor to basement either junction box or a full line) - Junction box would be cheaper. Then essential each plug/light outlet would have 2 wire feeds, the old one, then the new one and once I get everything wired up, I can switch it over.

Or use the existing box location, replace the breaker box then start to re-wire sections of the house and run the new wire to prepare for hook up into the new box

dj1
Re: Basic Electrical Box question

pcride,

I strongly advise you hire an electrician, since portions of what you want to do must be permitted and inspected.
Find an electrician who will let you do some of the labor, so you can save money. But then again, you will have to do everything to his specs, so he doesn't have to re-do it.

dj1
Re: Basic Electrical Box question

I just read your reply to another thread. So it looks like you are aware of what I mentioned in my answer above.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Basic Electrical Box question

A double 100 amp breaker means you have a 100 amp panel not a 200 amp panel. Making that mistake suggests you need the help of a professional..

Jack

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