How to Install Power to a Garden Shed
How to provide electrical power to a garden shed for a light and outlets.© By: Dave Rongey
Wiring a Shed
Electrical Project: I am installing a sub panel in a garden shed. I bought a GE DEH41160 panel.
How to Wire Sub Panel for a Shed
Jason’s Home Wiring Project:
- Installing a sub panel in a garden shed.
- I bought a GE DEH41160.
- I just want to run 110 to it for some outlets and a light in the shed.
- The panels manual shows 3 wires running into the panel (hot,neut,ground) but the manual is black and white and they do not indicate which is which and there are no markings on the panel.
- I do not know what bus is what.
Single-phase, 3-wire, 125 Amp 240 VAC GE DEH41160 Panel
Wiring a GE DEH41160 Panel for a Shed
This request came from Jason in Tacoma, Washington.
Thanks for your sharing your electrical wiring project Jason.
How to Wire a Sub Panel
- Application: How to Wire a Sub Panel.
- Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
- Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
- Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
- Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Sub Panel, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
- Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Sub Panel should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
- Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in your specific area of Washington. A permit and inspections may also be required.
How to Wire a Sub Panel in a Shed
This electrical wiring project is about how to provide electrical power to a garden shed for a light and outlets.
Sub Panel How to Wire
Jason, from the information you have provided:
- In your question, you have described a sub panel which is a Single-phase, 3-wire, 125 Amp 240 VAC panel – which far exceeds what is needed for a few basic 120 volt outlets and a light in a small garden shed.
- You have not provided information about what size or type wiring has been installed to the shed, or the power source that you plan to install.
- You may consider installing a GFCI outlet as the main connection point for the power source, then wiring to the additional outlet, and light switch, and then the light.
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