How to Renovate the Electrical System

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Renovating your electrical system can boost your home’s value. Before calling an electrician in Dunwoody There are many things to consider when planning a renovation of the electrical system.  How do you cut into drywall to run wire?  What is the electrical sub-panel?  What is the service panel?

When considering an electrical renovation, you may need to cut into the drywall to run wires through the wall. The first thing you can do is to cut out three sides of a square where the work will be done. Leave the fourth side intact so that you can use it as a hinge. This will save you the trouble of trying to adhere the entire piece back on to the wall and patching the sides.  Make sure that all the drywall dust and debris are cleared from the whole before you patch the drywall. Just a little bit of debris and dust can cause it not to fit into place well.

In essence, an electrical subpanel can be thought of as a mini service panel. Its basic structure is the same as a service panel, with a main feeder wire leading into bus bars and circuit breakers. Branch wire circuits lead off of the circuit breakers into various parts of the house.

A typical amperage and voltage for a sub-panel might be 30 amp, 240 volt.

Note that a circuit breaker subpanel does not provide additional electricity to the house; it is feeding off of the main service panel.

There are 2 major reasons why you might want to install a circuit breaker subpanel:

  1. If the main service panel does not have enough space to hold circuit breakers for the new circuits that you intend to install. The circuit breaker subpanel can, in a sense, create new space for circuit breakers, but in a physically separate location.
  2. For the sake of clarity and separation of service. Usually, a circuit breaker subpanel will service one separate area that has a discrete function, such as a kitchen, shop, office, or addition. By installing a circuit breaker subpanel, you make it clear which circuit breakers and branch circuits apply to which parts of the house. It is easy to segregate the duties of all of the branch circuits by keeping them sequestered within the circuit breaker subpanel area.

A service panel is the central distribution point for all branch circuits of the House. Branch circuits are connected to the service panel via circuit breakers. The circuit breakers have no purpose other than safety: they immediately cut off electricity to branch circuits in the event of overload.

Renovating your electrical system can add a great deal of value to your home.

 

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