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Old 05-02-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Shore Power at Home - Power Pedestal?

I'm looking for a home solution to plug in at home and also to have a welder outlet. This seems to be the best thing I've found:

The alternative looks like DIY build it myself with an outdoor box.

Any suggestions? The pedestal listed has a 50 amp 240 volt option, which is what I need for the welder. I don't know if I can plug my SMB into this, or I should use the 30 amp 120 volt or wire a separate 50 am 120 volt option.

The other problem is dropping a 50 amp probably won't require a service upgrade, but 100 amps (for the listed prewired pedestal) probably will.

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Old 05-02-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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Re: Shore Power at Home - Power Pedestal?

Are you looking to set this up as a pedestal, with underground wiring? Or would you mount it to the side of a building?

If it will be a pedestal, that cost could be the tip of the iceberg. Underground wiring will cost. And, I hate the thought that someone could hit it with bad results.

If you are going to mount it to the side of a building, why not use a water tight electrical enclosure? McMaster-Carr has wide selection, or you could visit a local contractor's electrical supply house and tell them what you need and see what they have. Should be a bunch cheaper than that pedestal.


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Old 05-02-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Shore Power at Home - Power Pedestal?

It's not necessary to power the pedestal with a 100 amp breaker if you're not going to max it out. I have 2 panels in different locations for the SMB. It's basically the same as what you linked to. I could have used 60 or 80 amp breakers in my main panel but just went with 50's to power each sub panel. I doubt that I will ever max it out but I'm not using a welder or having a million dollar RV bigger than my house parked and plugged in. A welder on a 100 house panel will probably make your lights flicker while youíre welding. If you have a heavy home load while welding you have a possibility of tripping the main. Is your house panel a Zinsco Panel? If so I would upgrade the bus bars to copper before adding too much extra load. PM me if you need any extra info.

I'm not too sure if I would go with GFI's on the 120v sockets but they are safer. I have a 50 and 30 socket to plug into also. Each has it's own breaker inside the sub panel (50-30-20) and I've never had to use the 240 50A circuit yet. I use the 120V 30 A for the SMB. I ran #4 copper to power each panel.
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