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Old 02-20-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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I am trying to run service to my garage what do i need to do first?

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Old 02-20-2009, 11:39 AM   #2
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I am trying to run service to my garage what do i need to do first?
A shovel.
Dig a trench 2' deep.

Can you give us some more details, how long of a run what kind of load in the garage, etc. There are many factors to consider here.

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Old 02-20-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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Plan your work, then work your plan.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Attached to the house, detached?
Actually more then 2' deep
My inspector measure - wanted 2' to the top of the pipe
How much power do you need out there?

1st you need a plan
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:10 PM   #5
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You can search this site for "sub panels". There is more information on your project than anything else here. It's a hot topic.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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Only one feed of any given kind may run from your house to each detached garage or other outbuilding. Also branch circuits serving lights and receptacles may be no more than 20 amps each. So for all intents and purposes this means if your usage needs to make use of more than two 20 ampere 120 volt circuits, you will need a subpanel in the garage.

A 120/240 volt feed, for example a 12-3 20 amp. multi wire branch circuit, and a 120 volt only feed are considered the same kind so you can't run one of each. (Something like 277/480 volt three phase, rarely seen in residential usage, would be considered a different kind.)

Run a separate ground wire accompanying your power feed. This is mandatory if there is any metal to metal contact such as a shielded cable TV wire or some plumbing going between the two buildings.

>>> (get) a shovel
Somehow I do not abhor overhead wiring although this has its own requirements, such as minimum height above ground, that I do not recall off of the top of my head (no pun intended).
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Run a separate ground wire accompanying your power feed. This is mandatory if there is any metal to metal contact such as a shielded cable TV wire or some plumbing going between the two buildings.
I think 2008 requires it regardless of metal pathways. Also ground rods are required.
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