Now that I have mapped out what needed to be done, I visited my town hall and with the help from the counter lady, I completed the permit application and attached several drawings along with a check for $43.
Once submitted, I waited approximately 3 days to receive the permit approval before purchasing my materials.
I fully expect that upon final inspection, my township will raise my property taxes but rather than doing this project “off-the-books”, I decided to do it the right way because it would potentially cause problems down the road if I decide to sell this house.
Of course, as a novice do-it-yourselfer, I definitely wanted a professional checking over my work to ensure that I was not endangering me or my family.
As previously stated, I decided to go with a service entrance cable made of aluminum cable. That meant I needed to use anti-corrosion lube called Noalox. This lube is NOT necessary should you decide to proceed with copper feeder cable.
Everything on the list below was purchased from a local home improvement retailer, with the exception of the service entrance cable and Noalox. These two items were purchased from a electric contractor supply store (Hughs Turtle in Somerville, NJ).
|SQUARE D||100amp Circuit Breaker||QO2100CP||1||
|SQUARE D||Value Pack Panel (1)||QO2100CP||1||
|NEXANS||Aluminum SE Cable 2-2-2-4 (2)||QO2100CP||70 ft||
|SQUARE D||Equipment Grounding Bar Kit||PK18GTA||2||
|Generic||Bolt & Nut, 2 washers||QO2100CP||8||$12.99|
|Generic||NM Connector (1”)||QO2100CP||1||$12.99|
|Generic||Wire Tight (3/4”)||QO2100CP||1||$12.99|
|Generic||3×5 ¾” Plywood (3)||QO2100CP||2||$12.99|
|Generic||Small Can of Black paint||QO2100CP||1||$12.99|
|SQUARE D||Neutral Lug Kit||QO70AN||1||$12.99|
|Generic||200 grit sand paper||QO2100CP||1||$12.99|
|IDEALS||Noalox Anti-Oxidant Compound||#30-024||1||$12.99|
|HUBBELL||¾” Offset connector||QO2100CP||1||$12.99|
|HUBBELL||Offset connector washers||v||1||$12.99|
|ROMEX||12 AWG wire (20 amp)||v||4 ft||v|
- Came with 5 circuit breakers (Four 20 amp, One 15 amp)
- 2-2-2-4 stands for AWG2-AWG2-AWG2-AWG4 wire sizes. Two AWG2 are used as “hot” conductors, One AWG2 is used as a “neutral” conductor and AWG4 is used as a “ground” conductor
- Plywood size should be customized to your needs. My township required that each side had 6 inches of clearance and the top side had 8 inches of clearance
- Various screwdrivers
- Electric wire stripper
- Electric wire cutter
- Magnetic torpedo level
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