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Crazy Legs 04-14-2008 06:14 PM

Electric Line Under Ground
 
Last Fall I put a electric line from my house to my shed and now I would like to run a electric line to a bird bath, Can I hook into that electric line and run it to the bird bath? How would you make the connection onto that electric line since it is under ground? How do you do it safely? Or do I have to run a new line? http://www.electriciantalk.com/images/smilies/eek.gif http://www.electriciantalk.com/images/smilies/eek.gif

Speedy Petey 04-14-2008 06:56 PM

There will be NO easy way to tap into that line underground.
You need to come from either building with the new line.

micromind 04-14-2008 08:32 PM

As stated above, there's no easy way. It can be done, but the time and complexity involved make it completely impractical except in the most extreme situations. A new line will be much easier, quicker, and safer.

Rob

Termite 04-14-2008 11:25 PM

Very impractical. Plus, the connection between the old and the new lines would need to be accessible above ground in a weatherproof junction box. You're better off tapping the power off of the outbuilding or come out from the house where the circuit originates.

Crazy Legs 04-15-2008 04:27 AM

I did not think that it would be possible to do it that way.

My next question is what gage of wire should I use from the house to the shed? It is 125 feet? I would be better off takeing the wire I have now and running it over to the bird bath for it is 10/3.

jrclen 04-15-2008 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Crazy Legs (Post 116458)
I did not think that it would be possible to do it that way.

My next question is what gage of wire should I use from the house to the shed? It is 125 feet? I would be better off takeing the wire I have now and running it over to the bird bath for it is 10/3.

It is not impossible, just expensive and impractical.

As to the wire gage, you need to tell us the voltage and the load.

LawnGuyLandSparky 04-15-2008 09:17 AM

How could you possibly run a line that's already buried from point a to point b somewhere else?

Dude, if you want advice you'd better learn how to communicate more effectively.

220/221 04-15-2008 03:50 PM

Is this some sort of bird jacuzzi spa?

Run a line from the house or the shed....whichever is closer. #10 wire is overkill....unless is a heated bath :laughing:


WhatEVER you do, GFCI protect it.

Crazy Legs 04-15-2008 04:57 PM

Why do you think I would want to run a line to the bird bath! Yes it would be heated in the Winter here in Ohio.

I am using the shed as a work shop. So wouldn't you want a heaver wire going to it to handle the load?

jrclen 04-15-2008 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy Legs (Post 116616)
Why do you think I would want to run a line to the bird bath! Yes it would be heated in the Winter here in Ohio.

I am using the shed as a work shop. So wouldn't you want a heaver wire going to it to handle the load?

Run a new wire to the bird bath from which ever building is closest to it.

The shop might need an upgrade if you have more load than you have circuit capacity.


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