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#1 Cat385B ONLINE  

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Posted November 24, 2012 - 07:20 PM

I recently picked up some extra sideline work when I was layed off in September. Got that work done and got paid a couple of weeks ago. So I decided to finally run power out to my pole shed.

The shed was built in '07. I got a stretch of 2" inner duct long enough to run between the house and there in the summer of 2011. Trenched it in and forgot about it. Until now.

I used 2-2-2-4 aluminum cable. I have a 200 amp, 40 space panel in my house. So I put a 100 amp double pole breaker in my panel, used 1 1/2 schedule 80 pipe out and down into the ground at both ends. The end of the inner duct and the end of the schedule were left about a foot and a half apart, so I had room to lay a loop of cable between the two. (frost loop)

I used a 100 amp, 8 space Square D panel in the shed. Just two circuits for now, one 20 amp outlet circuit for plug-ins, and one 15 amp circuit for lighting.

The outlet circuit is started off by a 20 tamper resistant GFCI outlet. Boy, codes are bordering on ridiculous these days. :wallbanging:

The lighting circuit is just 4 single bulb bases, and one exterior light. Separate, single pole switches for inside and outside in one double gang box. The exterior light is an LED photo sensitive, motion sensor.

Some craptacular darn near dark pics:
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I had one more pic showing the three wires going into the double gang box showing the 'FEED', 'Interior LOAD', and 'Exterior LOAD' labeling, but it didn't turn out.
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Posted November 24, 2012 - 07:45 PM

Looks good. It usually pays in the long run to do it right. Remember that the codes are intended to protect occupants from what the contractor, previous owner,or the current occupant want to do. I've seen houses wired with extension cords in the walls. These were usually discovered after the house burned down.

Are you going to add insulation and a wood furnace? Then you could work on your projects all winter.
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Posted November 24, 2012 - 07:59 PM

You could come do wiring for me.. I need to split a garage light system..

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Posted November 24, 2012 - 08:30 PM

Are you going to add insulation and a wood furnace? Then you could work on your projects all winter.


Pics don't show it, but it still is a gravel floor. Long ways to go to finished, but yes, I plan to foam and tin the interior. I only have the one outlet in there, because I plan on using plastic conduit into waterproof boxes for all the outlets when the walls are finished. Ditto on the lighting, I will use LEDs or fluorescent lighting once the ceiling is in.

I have a three stall garage that is heated. I get the third stall for my projects. I currently have the Homelite in there, ready to blow snow. The Bolens is sitting patiently waiting for me to find a switch for it. Also an Ariens wb blower awaiting a new tire. The loss of space in there isn't an issue, but the wife gives me a grade 3 stare when I paint in there.

At the rate I'm going, that shed is going to be the ultimate set-up when I turn 60. :rocker2:

You could come do wiring for me.. I need to split a garage light system..


Jersey isn't paying attention, just start a thread and we'll walk through it.

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Posted November 24, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Jersey isn't paying attention, just start a thread and we'll walk through it.


He never does.. :smilewink:

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Posted November 24, 2012 - 09:21 PM

Looking good!
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Posted November 24, 2012 - 09:44 PM

You will enjoy it fully when you turn 60. Nice looking shop
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Posted November 24, 2012 - 10:07 PM

Looks great! As you know, our weather changed big time and I need heat. Hope to add it soon but hopefully before 60.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 12:09 AM

Looking great Cat, nice to have some power out there, eh?
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 12:32 AM

Looks like your a couple of steps ahead of me with the shed. Looks great so far, the rest will be done before you know it.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 06:30 AM

Great addition to the shed! Always nice to have power in them.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:25 AM

Shot of the outside: It's 36x48x13.5, any shed over 14' tall in our county requires the building to be 'engineered'. Or put another way, shell out another $500 to the inspector.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:37 AM

Great shed.but in a couple of years you will probably be asking your self why you didn't build a larger building.
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:42 AM

Great addition to the shed! Always nice to have power in them.


100 Amps- What the heck are you going to put in there?? Electric heat and washer/ dryer and hot water heater??!?! :worshippy1:

I put 60 Amps to mine and that's plenty unless there's lots of machinery coming in. then you'l;l really want 3-phase...

**You didn't mention Ground or neutral rods Cat.. As it's a separate panel it needs them installed there. (minimum 6' apart I believe) (Jersey might show up and set us straight if not!) Other than that it looks OK though I would have kept the wire in conduit right up to the panel so something doesn't penetrate those babies and cause issues. (keep things long/loose in the panel) Another note is to put oxide inhibitor on the aluminum wire connections.. It keeps your connections as conductive and protects you and your equipment. Just a morning crumpet or two for ya to chew on..
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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:44 AM

That is a nice building you will enjoy for many years.
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