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J MAC 06-03-2009 04:41 PM

electricity from house to garage
 
I have a garage with no electricity. How do I run electricity from the houe to the garage? How difficult is it to do? :(

jbfan 06-03-2009 05:06 PM

double post

jbfan 06-03-2009 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by J MAC (Post 282296)
I have a garage with no electricity. How do I run electricity from the houe to the garage? How difficult is it to do? :(

With such few details, it will be impossible to tell you.

How far? What do you want to do out there? anything in the way?

ScottR 06-03-2009 05:16 PM

There are quite a few threads on this forum on that very subject. I assume your garage is detached?

These might help to give you some ideas:

http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/wirin...-studio-24000/
http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/detac...ub-panel-3627/

http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1...etached+garage

Like jbfan said, you can also provide some more info on your structure and your requirements to get started.

To answer your question generally, it's fairly difficult on a scale from replacing a switch to rewiring a house.

J. V. 06-04-2009 11:52 AM

Search this forum for "sub panels". Plenty info to get you thinking. Then we can address the particulars of your situation.

J MAC 06-25-2009 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 282311)
with such few details, it will be impossible to tell you.

How far? What do you want to do out there? Anything in the way?

from panel box to garage, 40ft. I want to install an automatic door opener and some lighting and out lets for small hand tools and appliances (radio,batterie charger). Nothing above ground and nothing below that i'm aware of.

220/221 06-25-2009 08:16 PM

This is like the #1 asked question.

Use the search function.

Scuba_Dave 06-25-2009 08:33 PM

Do you want a sub-panel ?
Or just one 20a circuit?

gregzoll 06-25-2009 10:06 PM

I have 10/2 UF running to my garage for the opener, 4 outlets, and 3 lights. Used to be controlled by a switch in the house, but when we rewired, did away with the switch in the house, and have direct from the breaker panel to the garage, with a switch for the lights in the garage only.

Since we did not need to have 220 out in the garage, only ran with a 20amp in the main, and used a 2 breaker sub-panel in the garage to have a 20amp for the outlets, and 15 amp for the lights. Makes things a lot easier. Plus added a GFCI for the outlets in the garage, and a leg with a GFCI for the outdoor outlet.

J MAC 07-02-2009 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 293073)
Do you want a sub-panel ?
Or just one 20a circuit?

what are the benifits

Yoyizit 07-02-2009 03:17 PM

If you only want a few watts, max, or a few watt-hours each day, go solar.
What is the distance, house to (detached?) garage?

J. V. 07-03-2009 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by J MAC (Post 296267)
what are the benifits

Capability and expandability. It gives you the option of adding more stuff later. It's the best way to go. Second best is a MWBC (multiwire branch circuit) and a single circuit is last on my list. Use the search function. You have no idea of how much information is already typed (pictures and diagrams too) ready for you to use. Then after you get the basic idea, THEN ask for more info if you need it. You probably will not need any more help. :thumbsup:

Scuba_Dave 07-03-2009 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 296304)
If you only want a few watts, max, or a few watt-hours each day, go solar.

That will work with getting lights into the garage at night :no:
Solar is expensive, a 300w panel & battery install would be a lot of $$

For greatest flexiblity I'd install a small 100a panel & feed it with 60a
But that depends upon what you have for house current & exisitng loads
There are a ton of threads onhere as JV said that explain this in detail

Yoyizit 07-03-2009 01:00 PM

forgot
 
If it's only a few watts you can run 12v or 24v to the garage and thereby get around some of the more burdensome of NEC rules.

Wildie 07-03-2009 02:44 PM

For my detached garage (20') I ran 1" PVC conduit and 14/3 Romex (multibranch) If the cable ever goes bad, it will be simple to replace it.


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