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Old 12-17-2012, 08:59 AM   #21
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Is it 240 or 120?
It's 220 the big plug. You will regret getting a small 120 if you need it for real air tools.
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Highly recommend you get 220V for your garage. There is a chance Pactrick's 3.1HP motor can be wired for 110V, but that will probably require a 40A outlet, which I doubt you have. Most 110V outlets are either 20A or at most 30A.

Pickup a book from Home Depot for home electric DIY. I added several 220V outlets in my garage, plus a secondary breaker panel. It really isn't that difficult. You just need to be very careful about it.

Patrick's rig sounds like the right set up for you. Anything larger than 60gal, you're gonna need a forklift to move and install (I should know). Anything smaller... well, you've read the comments above already.
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Highly recommend you get 220V for your garage. There is a chance Pactrick's 3.1HP motor can be wired for 110V, but that will probably require a 40A outlet, which I doubt you have. Most 110V outlets are either 20A or at most 30A.

Pickup a book from Home Depot for home electric DIY. I added several 220V outlets in my garage, plus a secondary breaker panel. It really isn't that difficult. You just need to be very careful about it.

Patrick's rig sounds like the right set up for you. Anything larger than 60gal, you're gonna need a forklift to move and install (I should know). Anything smaller... well, you've read the comments above already.
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It's 220 the big plug. You will regret getting a small 120 if you need it for real air tools.
I do not have 220 in the garage. The meter is on the back of the house. I have to determine how much it will cost to put 220 in the garage.
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only ones have are two viair 444c compressors and one is burned up lol.

I'd love to have a decent tank for the garage though = /
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I do not have 220 in the garage. The meter is on the back of the house. I have to determine how much it will cost to put 220 in the garage.
Doesn't hook to the meter, were I'd your breaker box?
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Doesn't hook to the meter, were I'd your breaker box?
Attached to the back of the house. Service to the detached garage comes up from underground.
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If you go 115V, you will want for a larger unit at a later date.

I have a Black Max 5HP, 60gal, 230V unit that I bought new about 15 years ago. Has worked like a champ all this time. And I do use mine....

Run the 230V outlets and be done with it. Really not hard at all to wire.
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Yeah doesn't coast much to run the wiring, put a circuit breaker box in the garage and run two 230 outlets that way u have options.
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Is your drier in the garage? if so there ya go, another option is maybe put compressor in behind detached garage and build a small shed or cover, wiring is freaking expensive these days, if u gotta run very much of it
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Drier's in the house and is gas...my guys says 6-800 dor wiring etc. more if sub panels and breakers are required.
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Drier's in the house and is gas...my guys says 6-800 dor wiring etc. more if sub panels and breakers are required.
Get a new electricion!!! That's outrageous!!!! Should be around 400 ish w a breaker box

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It has to be trenches and buried.
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Oh, missed the fact it's detached. Still you can call my guy and see what he says..
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May want to check your city's ordinance. Some cities allow the "bona fide" home owner to install their own electric works, without having an electrician's license. Some don't. Worse case scenario, you can do most of the grunt work, digging trench, laying conduit, drilling holes and even run direct burial cables (if you prefer), whatever you feel comfortable doing. Then just pay the electrician to look over the work, terminate wiring, and make the final connection.

Take the opportunity to learn up on these things. Pays divident in the long run.

In any case, i would run a large cable (6AWG or larger) to a sub panel in the garage, so you won't have to do it again.
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I can certainly do most of the grunt work! I'll discuss that with the electrician.
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What's the rating on your main breaker? Hopefully it's 200A and you still have plenty of spare slots left for brank breakers. If so, install a 60A or 80A double-pole breaker there to feed a sub panel in the garage. Electrician can tell you what size cable to run for the distance out to the detached garage. Once you have the sub panel wired up, any additional branch circuits in the garage are relatively easy to run. You can have a 20A 220V outlet for the air compressor, additional 110V GFIC outlets so you don't have to drag extension cords all over the place, and maybe even a 50A 220V for that MIG welder you've always wanted.

You can do direct burial, but I prefer rigid conduit underground.
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Ok wait a minute. I have 115 power to the garage run under ground, but no sub panel. Can he use the same run to pull the larger wire, run 220 to a breaker box and run the existing 110 from the box?
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Ok wait a minute. I have 115 power to the garage run under ground, but no sub panel. Can he use the same run to pull the larger wire, run 220 to a breaker box and run the existing 110 from the box?
Yes, if it is rigid conduit and large enough to pull the larger cable through and thre are not elbows and 45s in the way, which makes pulling next to impossible.
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