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Just wanted to toot my own horn. After getting a quote for $500 from an electrician, I decided to install the 240v (NEMA 14-50) receptacle myself. I'm kinda handy and did some extensive research. Saved about $430 after buying everything needed for the install. I was lucky in that the receptacle location needed was directly behind the breaker panel (located outside the garage). Made for a much easier install. Connected my JuiceBox Pro 40 EVSE and it's working great!
 

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Did you use a GFCI breaker for your 240vac circuit? If so, where did you buy it and how much did it cost? My electrician didn't use a GFCI and wondering if I should swap it out.
 

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Nope, it is not GFCI. However, check local codes regarding what is required. If a professional electrician did the install, I probably wouldn't worry too much about it though.
 

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It is recommended not to use a GFI circuit breaker.
 

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In my city you are only required to submit a form by email what work you are doing for minor work such as this. Then a permit is given if approved. Probably good to have for insurance purposes as well.
 

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Oh, that's so interesting that a GFCI isn't required (either by the maker or by code). It makes me feel better.

I noted that the OpenEVSE has a built-in GFCI, so maybe the JuiceBox does as well. You don't want two GFCI's in a circuit.
 

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How would a city know if you had installed a receptacle? Is there a file that lists every circuit that was installed when the house was constructed?

$70 is about what I paid to install my 14-50r, but I ran about 12ft of wire from the breaker, up the wall, and over the garage so that it's mounted centrally in the ceiling.

No such outlet at my new house, but I've got the same access above the garage as the last house so it should go smoothly.
 

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How would a city know if you had installed a receptacle? Is there a file that lists every circuit that was installed when the house was constructed?
They wouldn't, but it's the insurance company I would worry about. If a fire occurred and they traced it back to a receptacle that looked self-installed, and then checked to see if a permit and inspection was done and there was none on record, I'll bet they'd use that to try and deny any claims.
 

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The insurance claim would still be covered. It protects against accidents as well as acts of god. Installing something incorrectly is an accident.

I'm not advocating people circumvent the law, but I am saying I wouldn't bother, especially since it's my house, not the city.

I don't know the scenario in which someone would incorrectly install a 240v circuit that causes a fire unless they severely underrated the wiring and overrated the breaker.
 

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The insurance claim would still be covered. It protects against accidents as well as acts of god. Installing something incorrectly is an accident.

I'm not advocating people circumvent the law, but I am saying I wouldn't bother, especially since it's my house, not the city.

I don't know the scenario in which someone would incorrectly install a 240v circuit that causes a fire unless they severely underrated the wiring and overrated the breaker.
You may be right, but for me it's about minimizing risk. Even if I did install the receptacle correctly myself, what recourse would I have if there was a fire and the insurance company said they found that it was installed incorrectly (justified or not)? I'd rather pay a small fee to my township and have their inspector say it's OK. Just my personal preference.
 

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Just wanted to toot my own horn. After getting a quote for $500 from an electrician, I decided to install the 240v (NEMA 14-50) receptacle myself. I'm kinda handy and did some extensive research. Saved about $430 after buying everything needed for the install. I was lucky in that the receptacle location needed was directly behind the breaker panel (located outside the garage). Made for a much easier install. Connected my JuiceBox Pro 40 EVSE and it's working great!
New (to me; lightly used 2017) Bolt owner. I spent a few hours watching youtube/reading articles on installing a 240V receptacle. Seem like it's not too complicated (I'm comfortable working with electric circuits). However, I found that my circuit breaker box was full -- no way to add another breaker. So assume I'd need to either replace the box or install a sub-box. Darn it; I don't feel comfortable doing either. I probably could, but think it's best to hire a professional.

OTOH, I'm still deciding if I really need level 2 charging in my garage. My guess is that I can live/charge perfectly happily without it -- but, darn, it would be a nice toy.
 

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Mine was full also. But I replaced several full size breakers with several tandem breakers (two breakers in the space of one) to make room.
Funny thing. My panels are only 50% occupied but the builder had installed several spots with tandem breakers.

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New (to me; lightly used 2017) Bolt owner. I spent a few hours watching youtube/reading articles on installing a 240V receptacle. Seem like it's not too complicated (I'm comfortable working with electric circuits). However, I found that my circuit breaker box was full -- no way to add another breaker. So assume I'd need to either replace the box or install a sub-box. Darn it; I don't feel comfortable doing either. I probably could, but think it's best to hire a professional.

OTOH, I'm still deciding if I really need level 2 charging in my garage. My guess is that I can live/charge perfectly happily without it -- but, darn, it would be a nice toy.
Before doing any work, do you know how many amps is your main breaker? In my case, I knew my max power use is only 7KW (about 30A) in the summer with the A/C cooling and have a 225A main breaker, so knew I would have no problem adding a 50A breaker w/NEMA 14-50 receptacle for potential 32A or even 40A of charging.
 

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Adding this so that more complete info is in the thread, but not all panels can use tandem breakers. I had to get a panel change because the old one (Sylvania/Commander/Cutler-Hammer bolt-on) was full and tandems were not an option. More recent panels are much more likely to be tandem capable, but you need to be able to identify if it is and if specific locations on the panel are those for tandems. If you don't know how to do this, get an electrician to at least show you.
 
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