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Old 09-21-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Power from outlet to shed


Have an outlet mounted against my house right behind my gate door. My shed is parallel to the outlet right across our walkway . So it's about 4' away. I would like to get power to my shed. I was thinking of running an extension cord for. The outlet ru along the ground to the shed. But one of those orange extension cords would look shi$&y. Any other thoughts on how to get power there? One of those indoor extension cords would be ok because they are brown and the pavers are brownish but it's indoor. Thanks
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What about direct burial wire or conduit.
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Any type of wire.cable over the top of the ground is dangerous. It is a trip hazard and a could be damaged easily and become a shock hazard.
The cable should be buried or run overhead at the proper height. An extension cord is not an option for either method.
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I would think that someone with 735 posts on this forum would know an extension cord is not a compliant solution.
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Don't know how many of those posts are in electrical, but obviously not since that was the plan.
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One of my many pet peeves.
EG: I want to wire my shed, garage, whatever.
I'm only going to need one light and an outlet.
They then under wire it, then want to run an A/C, add outlets, power roof fan, 220 volt power tools, ECT.
Whole lot cheaper and easier in the long run to at least run over sized wiring from a double breaker from the panel and add a small subpanel then to have to do it all over again.
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Ok I have about a 2" channel that is dirt.... It runs from my house across the path to the shed I'm gonna run 12/2 UF and bury it in thier. I going to pull power from the receptacle.
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My neighbor just recently installed a electrical wire beneath ground. Had a electrician do it. He went down 18 inches, and ran the electric wire inside a 2 or 2.5" pvc pipe which makes sense for 2 reasons. 1) When transplanting plants we don't even come close in having to dig down 18" 2) One will hit the pvc pipe first instead of the wire Of course, always call before you dig (it's the law) http://www.call811.com/

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My neighbor just recently installed a electrical wire beneath ground. Had a electrician do it. He went down 18 inches, and ran the electric wire inside a 2 or 2.5" pvc pipe which makes sense for 2 reasons. 1) When transplanting plants we don't even come close in having to dig down 18" 2) One will hit the pvc pipe first instead of the wire Of course, always call before you dig (it's the law) http://www.call811.com/
It is also code. 18" for conduit and 24" for cable only.
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