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Old 09-18-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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wiring to the shed


I have a cable running from my house to a shed - about 60 feet away
The cable I am using is AWG 6/3 AL ACM HUAL NMD 7 XLPE 90 300V
I would like to make the arrangement more permanent - bury a conduit, have a couple of circuits, etc
Can I use the existing cable inside the conduit and what do the codes on the cable mean?
Can I run 2 seperate circuits from the main panel on 20 amp breakers?
Do I need to run the cable to a small sub panel in the shed?
If I do need the sub panel in the shed, does it need to be grounded?
I have a table saw, lights, and portable power tools in the shed
I want to end up with lights and plugs for power tools and maybe 1 circuit just for the table saw but I don't know if that's the best way to do it

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Old 09-18-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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That's (AWG) "american wire gauge", (6/3) #6 conductor 3 wire plus a bare ground, (AL) Aluminum Conductors, (ACM HUAL) you've got me as to what this means, (NMD) Nonmetallic for DRY locations only, (XLPE) cross linked polyethylene insulation, (90) Insulation rated for 90 C, (300V) with 300 volt insulation.

Any underground conduit is considered to be a wet location, as is any outdoor location. So you can't use this cable anyway.

It's just regular Romex.

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