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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I see so many times where electrical projects are installed without regard to electrical codes and an understanding of some important factors….

Electrical Question from Paul about an electrical  wiring project

Question: I have just wired up my shed coming off the main circuit board in the house to one in the shed which has two circuits, one for lights and one for sockets. When I turn on the power all is ok and there is power at all of the outlets but when i plug in either a single light bulb or just a radio then the circuit breaker on the main board trips. I have tried using different fuses but the result is the same the breaker trips on the main board but never in the shed. If I then take out whatever I had plugged in then the breaker stays on. This is driving me round the bend. HELP

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Paul. There are many questions I have about the methods of wiring you used for installing the electrical circuit out to your shed, such as how long is the distance, what gauge and type of wire is installed, direct burial cable  or was conduit used, what type and size  circuit breaker was installed at the house, and of course – last but not least, was this project done by permit and inspected for possible code violations? Sorry to be firm, but I see so many times where electrical projects are installed without regard to electrical codes and an understanding of some important factors. I hope this does not identify you, but if it does then the project needs careful evaluation to find out what is really happening in order to get it corrected.

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