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Shed Electric

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The original owner of our house had a pool in the back yard at one point in time and had to run an electric line out there for the filter. They got rid the pool a while ago but lucky for me, left the electric. When my dad and I built my shed last summer I specifically placed it next to the electric in the yard. It's almost like it was meant to be; the shed is as far back as possible (according to the town rules) and it ended up being about a foot away from the electric.

A few days ago I finally got around to wiring the shed. There was just an outlet on a post sticking up out of the ground, which worked fine, but I wanted to have outlets and lights inside the shed.

To make life easy, I just cut off the outlet box and extended the wires coming up out of the ground right back into the ground and into the shed. A couple 90° 3/4" conduit pieces and a couple straight and curved pieces got the wire back underground. I used exterior 12/2 cable that could be buried directly in the ground. Because of that I only used enough conduit to actually get the wire into the ground.

shed electric

shed electric

The wire pops up out of the ground under the shed and sneaks up in between on of the ribs and floor. As of right now it just goes to a duplex outlet, then to a switch and then another outlet. The switch controls the outlet at the end of the line at the ceiling where the light plugs in. This way I can have the wall outlet energized all the time and the switch just control the lights. Since I used another duplex outlet for the lights, I can use the second plug if I need to be able to turn something on and off with the switch.

shed electric

shed electric

shed electric

shed electric

I need to get some covers, but other than that it works fine and I even got everything wired correctly the first time! At one point I wasn't paying too much attention and thought I switched the hot and the neutral, but it's all good.

Comments (4) Subscribe

#1 - May 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM
That is pretty sweet. We have a battery running the light in our shed right now. John is going to run a line out there some day but I don't know that he'll get to it this summer.
#2 - May 27, 2009 at 5:34 AM
yeah, these things take time...
Big Brother
#3 - Jun 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM
Now all you have to do is add some insulation and run the cable out and you have a place to go when Rachelle is "having a bad day". :-)
#4 - Jun 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM
The wireless reaches out there-- who needs cable? :)

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