Due to lack of a garage, my shop is located in the basement. I have been able to get by without 240v thus far, but have a Grizzly 1023RLW en route. As such, I need to rectify the lack of 240v outlets.
The panel is an "Amalgamated Electric Corporation Limited that uses GE TQP or TQL breakers. As those do not exist anymore, the GE THQP and THQL work in their stead. I have been unable to find these locally and may have to order online. Does anyone know of any breakers that are compatible with these type?
THQP are thin breakers and THQL are thick. You can fit two THQP for one THQL.
This house is not our forever house, but we will be here for the forseeable future. As such, I do not necessarily want to permanently make the basement a workshop. In fact, before we move, I will be taking down the fake wood paneling that covers the finished basement walls and put up drywall, most likely removing the 240 receptacles. If nothing else, I would like to make the 240v wiring removeable...
Anyways, on to my point. My breaker has room for one THQP (thin) double pole breaker that would take up two slots. To use the thicker style, I would have to move a couple of circuits to the new sub-panel in order to get four slots. The following is how I propose to rearrange thins to use the thin breaker:
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Looking at the top row, I would move the third from the left breakerall the way to the left as the green arrow shows. I could then put the feeder breaker into the second and third from the left slots (bluish circle), thus giving me access to both legs and getting 240v. This would provide for the subpanel. The red square illustrates how the placement of the 240v breaker needs to occupy and even and odd slot (ie 2 and 3, not 1 and 2).
However, the thin breakers only go up to a maximum of 50A. This is more than I need right now, but for the future more may be needed. Does going to 60A from 50A gain much?
Should I go with what I have outlines (move one circuit, use the 50A breaker), or should I rearrange more by moving some circuits from the main panel to the subpanel so that I can fit a 4-slot 60A (or greater) thick breaker? I suppose this second option provides much more future proofing...
Thoughts? Opinions? What would you do?