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Running Power from a House to a Shed

How do I go about running power from my house out to a shed? Guide for Sizing Electrical Wire for a Shed, Conduit Size and the Depth of the Trench, Calculate Line Loss and Voltage Drop, Installing a Ground Rod.


Sizing Electrical Wire for a Shed
Electrical Question: How do I go about running power from my house out to a shed?

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This electrical wiring question came from: Steve, from Manassas, Virginia.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Steve.

How to Install Electrical Power for a Shed

Application: Installing Underground Electric Wiring to a Shed.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Equipment: Depends on the method that will be used to install the electric circuit at each specific location.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tool, Voltage Tester, trenching equipment or shovels .
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and the condition of the soil where PVC conduit or direct burial cable will be installed.
Precaution: Identify existing and local circuit or power sources, turn them OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the trenching process.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a shed should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Installing Electrical Power from a House Panel to a Shed

The following is an example of how to install an electrical circuit for a shed.

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2 Responses to “Running Power from a House to a Shed”
  1. daniel aguirre says:

    I have tied from my pool box to a shed 80 feet away. Ran 10/2 with ground to the shed and using a 15 amp c/b in the pool box. I’m powering five connection boxes and two 8 foot lights, is this a safe connection without a c/b box in the shed.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Well Daniel,
      Is it all on GFCI, is the wiring protected or is or exposed, was the feeder cable buried deep enough and was it type UF, and most of all did you do this with a permit and was it inspected?
      You see, I have been provided with very limited information, and it is not my place to make this decision.
      The bottom line about if your project is safe or correct rests with your local building department and inspector who can see from their position what I cannot from my position.
      I hope you understand.
      Dave

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