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Build Your Own Home, Issue #006 -- Electrical Considerations.
March 31, 2005

Spring is here in the south. It is my favorite time of the year. We get so busy around the house cleaning up and doing a million different projects. For those of you still in the throws of winter spring will come soon and by then we will be burning up down here.

Ok, lets get started with the topic of this newsletter. I want to talk about special electrical considerations that you need to consider when building your own home. One very important consideration is the Amp service that you put in. The accepted standard is 200 amp service for most homes now. 200-amp service will give you enough service for the typical household with some extra amperage to spare.

When building our home we put in 400-amp service. The cost of doing so was minimum, just a couple of hundred dollars for a extra 200-amp panel. The power company did not charge us any extra for double the service. In fact they were thrilled that we were going to need more juice.

So what is the reasoning behind the extra amperage? We have a small barn in the back that I had the electrician run 100amp service for lights, and maybe a welding machine, or a compressor, or whatever. I also plan on putting in a fountain in my pond in the back, when I get the pond to hold water (another project). I also plan on putting in a large barn later. All these things need power and with 400 amps, I got the power to do what I want with one service meter, and one set of power poles to my house.

When you are building it is much easier to put in one extra panel, and if you need the extra electrical service you have it. If you wait you will have to hire an electrician to add the panel and have the power company come out and upgrade your service. I have already added my small barns 100-amp service, and power to my deck on separate circuits. With the extra panel it was a breeze, just add a breaker, and pull the wire where I wanted it. The reality of it is I have no idea how much power I will need in the future but it is available when I need it.

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All the best,

George Stevens

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