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djohns
Temporary construction power

As some of you might remember , my son is starting to build his house . My question is on what type of breaker box and outlet set up should we install for temporary power . He has power now but the box he used is too small and not condusive to any expansion . It has one 240v and one 120v duplex receptacle . Each fed from it's own breaker and no room to add another . I would like to have about four 120v receptacles and room for a 240v if the need should arise . Any ideas ? Pics or links would be great .

kentvw
Re: Temporary construction power

LOL, My spies were out....... You did a search at EKR on this..

Just get a little 12 circuit panel. Maybe match his breaker type so you can reuse them.

djohns
Re: Temporary construction power
kentvw wrote:

LOL, My spies were out....... You did a search at EKR on this..

Just get a little 12 circuit panel. Maybe match his breaker type so you can reuse them.

No , I thought about EKR , but didn't post there . Wasn't me .

I thought about a small box like that with some " Bell boxes " and flex , etc . I have scrounged most of the stuff except for the box .

kentvw
Re: Temporary construction power

Yup, Meter to panel to bell boxes is how we build small temps.

djohns
Re: Temporary construction power

Do you think the carpenters will need 240v for anything ?
If so , which receptacle should I mount ?

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Temporary construction power

mabe for compressor.

canuk
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I haven't seen any 240v compressors being hauled to job sites .... typically portable 120 units.

kentvw
Re: Temporary construction power

Carpenters are a necessary evil that electricians must contend with to provide structure with which to install wiring and provide a dry place to work……………..

Most contractors are pretty mobile these days and using 120v tools. If 240 is required it can usually be hard wired to a breaker on a cord set. Just did this for an abatement crew in Steamboat Springs, CO moving up floors in a hotel doing asbestos abatement.

But!……….. You will need multiple 120v 20a GFCI circuits to keep everyone going. If it’s not power tools it’s battery chargers. Nothing slows down a crew more than the weather and power problems.

Try being on a commercial site with a 100 construction workers screaming……. POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canuk
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Yep ... as many outlets as you can provide .... the more the better.
Nothing worse than guys unplugging someone's extension cord to their tool just so he can plug in his radio or cell phone charger.

kentvw
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Dan is busy posting at EKR.......... LOL!:D

canuk
Re: Temporary construction power

What?
Doesn't he trust the advise given here?:D

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