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    Subpanel on a post?

    I've run conduit for a pool feeder circuit to the edge of a concrete slab, which is the foundation for a pool house (someday). In the meantime, I need a place to mount a subpanel.

    I plan to anchor a length of 2x4 on the slab and mount a 4x4 post on it. A scrap of plywood fastened to the front of the post should be enough to fit the panel, the SWCG power center, and a couple of junction boxes.

    Is there a better way to do this?

    Thanks,

    Sim
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    There may be but that's pretty darned close to what we have.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Redneck engineering at it's finest I think. Might use some exterior grade plywood or a couple of cedar planks or a cut up length of wolmanized deck board.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    That would be an easy way or you can buy Unistrut. Thats what I would use for something like that.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Be sure you drive a ground rod. Since the subpanel isnt attched to the house, it needs its own, separate ground rod.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Unistruts look expensive. I think I'll woodchuck it (in Vermont, redneck == woodchuck). It should last until I put up the wall framing.

    I'm waiting to double-check with the builder that I correctly recall the location he recommended for the ground rod. Do I need more than one ground rod if I have no way to determine whether resistance to ground is less than 25 ohms (NEC 250.56)? I don't think I can measure that with a regular multimeter.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    One rod is ok as far as I know. A main panel in the house is usually tied to a ground rod and a main water pipe, but a subpanel detached from the house is fine with one.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Woodchucks rule!

    [attachment=0819mgbv]Woodchuck.png[/attachment819mgbv]

    It was easier to dig a post footing than to drill and brace, so I went with a 4x4 in gravel. The ground rod isn't in yet, so there's no GEC or bonding straps. Don't thump me yet - I'm not running the feeder until the rest of the LFNC is buried, the ground rod is driven, and everything is bonded properly.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    You might not be up to code as wood isn't allowed most places....just FYI.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    That would never pass inspection in Massachusetts.
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    Subpanel on a post?

    2 pt 4x4s and some 5/4 decking cut to length ad the panel. Worked like a charm
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigJD
    2 pt 4x4s and some 5/4 decking cut to length ad the panel. Worked like a charm
    Yep. 2 posts for support and a larger piece of heavy plywood or decking does the trick. One post isnt enough support over the long term. If thats temporary and your not getting it inspected, it should be ok until you get a permanent structucture. But dont wait too long.
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    2 posts for support and a larger piece of heavy plywood or decking does the trick. One post isnt enough support over the long term.
    A second post and replace the crosspieces with exterior plywood. I can do that. Thanks, BK. Vermont doesn't do residential inspections, but I'm not trying to abuse that (honest!).
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    Re: Subpanel on a post?

    Panel on a post, version 2.0. Well, two posts now.

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