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Old 06-22-2010, 09:20 AM   #31
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Having the breaker in the box is handy.

My breaker is in the sub panel in the garage and walking in and out to hook up is a pain. Its not far, but it is not as convenient as your setup.
It is handy. I like to turn it off before plugging or unplugging & then turn it back on.
The whole set up was under $50.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:26 AM   #32
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If their is any question about safety call your local electrician, it could be your best move that is what we went to school for to keep you safe!! $100 to $150 is worth the piece of mind. it is hard to help when we can't see exactly what you have going on.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #33
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Okay, I went out and looked. This is what I have. From the 30 amp breaker, it is 14 AWG wire run to the pavillion. 14 AWG run through all the plug outlets around the pavillion. Now, with that in mind, I think I understand what you are saying above.

First off, like I said, there are about 6 15amp outlets surrounding the pavillion. There is a florescent light and a cieling fan. And some rope lights. None of which gets used very often. Nothing more than a plug outlet, and the fan and rope lights occassionally. No bands, etc. Also, this was all done before I bought the house. So it's been there a while. It did pass the electrical inspection by a Veterans Administration inspector.
Okay, so to get this done right, what you are saying is, replace the 30 amp breaker at the breaker box with a 15 or 20 amp?? Where the wire comes to the pavillion, install a 30 amp breaker and supply the wiring to the 30 amp outlet with 10/2 wiring? Should I assume that I might need to also install a "sub-panel" (there is no sub-panel between the house breaker box and the pavillion).

As it is now, I replaced one of the 15 amp outlets (the first one) with a 20 amp outlet, and run a 20 amp extension cord to my trailer. This works, but again, I don't want to push the limits and would really like to do this right.

I can take some pictures too if it would help any of this. Thanks for all the great responses and please let me know what I need to get this done properly.
LOL! Wow, those Veterans Admin. Inspectors are great. 14 gauge wire hooked to a 30 amp breaker and they passed it?
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #34
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If their is any question about safety call your local electrician, it could be your best move that is what we went to school for to keep you safe!! $100 to $150 is worth the piece of mind. it is hard to help when we can't see exactly what you have going on.
I understand what you're saying & for most people I would agree.
Although I do not work in the electrical field I did go to school (Lincoln Tech) & have a complete understanding of OHMS Law.
A simple 5 min Inet search can provide all the info needed to make sure any work done is to code.
I would never do any work for anyone else since I'm not licensed or insured.

Ten years ago when we rebuilt our house I brought in a licensed contractor to install & wire the 200 amp main panel.
The key is to know & accept your limitations & that way no one gets dead!
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