Ensuring Electrical is Up to the Job

If clients want high-powered appliances, make sure your rough electrical can handle them.


Electrician Carlos Linares is down to his final phase of rough electrical: Running heavy-duty, 3-gauge copper wires through conduit required by the souped-up 50-amp range in the kitchen.

Every single run of Romex will attach to the final terminus: One 200-amp main breaker panel (standard for new construction) and an additional 100-amp subpanel. “The additional panel,” says Carlos, “is to accommodate all of the arc fault breakers that are required throughout the house.”

For Custom Design & Construction's job, he’ll be installing a 220 circuit for the HVAC system and, because many people are making the move toward electric vehicles, he’ll add a 220 circuit for that charging system as well.


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