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Old 08-23-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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feeding power to garage


I want to power up my garage and have some questions I hope someone can help me with. would like to run the

1. I would like to run the feed out of my cottage and run it in a conduit alongside the cottage about 2 or 3 feet above ground level. Is that OK

2. I will then run the feed again through a conduit into the ground to a depth of about 2 feet. Then run the cable (U rated) without a conduit 2 feet deep up to the garage. Then pull the cable through a conduit up to the side of the garage and into the panel.

3. I only need 3 circuits in the garage so am thinking that a 40 amp breaker should suffice.

4. Due to cost I thought I would run aluminum wire. What gauge would I need for this 4 amp circuit and is aluminum OK for this application..

5. Finally can I attach the aluminum wire to normal breakers that would normally have copper wire as long as I put that wire treatment on them.


THanks for all your help. If there is anything I forgot that you notice please let me know. Again thanks and man this is a great site.

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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Where are you located ?
Distance to the garage/ total length of wire needed ?

I would run conduit all the way

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Im in ontario canada. garage is approx 20 feet from cottage . Total length of wire would be approx. 50 feet. Thanks
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