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post #1 of 14 Old 09-17-2016, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have all the outlets, switches and lights installed and wired. Now all that is left for power is to run a line from the house panel, which is on the outside, to the shop. About 70 feet. Next is to put up some shelves, and two work benches along two walls. Install some peg board in some areas over the benches. I was going to run the wire overhead, but now I have decided to rent a trencher and bury it.

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Good call sinking the line. I can see a lot more potential problems with a suspended line than i could running romex through metal conduit sunk 6 inches. Workspace is lookin pretty good, im kinda jealous

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In the trench add some gravel at the bottom, then put sand over the gravel lay the cable on top of the sand, it's what a old electrician did when I ran mine.he said it helps with drainage.
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There are very specific rules about burying electric cables. You should check with a local electrician for your area rules.
At the very least put it lower than 6" (someone could easily slice into that with a gardening spade) and lay warning tape along and 6" above the cable so anyone in future pulls up the tape before electrocuting themselves.
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ancient electricians have ancient solutions that may not be optimal today.....

as sonnybob said, how deep is a very big issue.

next, UF rated wire.

and me personally I used aluminum pipe conduit - not run of the mill steel EMT, which will rust away in a couple years.

local codes apply. might want to check into those.
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Cable/wire is in the trench, and into the building. Trace wire is run also. Need to bury it today and finish the connections. Should have it powered up by the end of the day. Then comes the job of moving all the tools etc. from the garage and unpacking and setting up shop. Shelves, work benches on two walls, peg board in some areas. etc. Ya'll get the picture.
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I connected to my shed using an RCD plug. This meant that I could circumvent the regs about having all electrical work checked.
Cable run through plastic conduit.
Good idea to run orange tracer tape above the cable run.
When we had new water connection to mains, they sliced through house supply. Then I twisted my knee in the trench which was not covered.
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I connected to my shed using an RCD plug. This meant that I could circumvent the regs about having all electrical work checked.

Are you sure?
I cant believe any regulatory body would allow that. Who checked the RCD?
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Law says that supplies to garden or outside have to be connected via an RCD. I did so.
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ok, but does the law not demand a standard for depth under soil and final completion testing? If not, you must have the most laid back administration in the world.
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Check with your city, codes are different. You can also refer to the NEC . But I would check with the city first.
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So I got the shop wired, now it is time to getting it set up, below is a tentative plan of what goes where. I plan on getting a Porta Cable work site table saw, so it can be folded and stored out of the way. All this will have to start after next week, for I am scheduled to enter the hospital for a procedure, as an outpatient thing. Be in the hospital about 8-10 hours then home. Forgot to include my drum sander, it will go beside the router table as both will be on castors. Heres hoping that all my stuff fits in this shop.

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Use PVC schedule 80 for buried lines. This is much heavier than the Schedule 40. Or..........there is also a certified cable that can be buried without needing conduit; can't remember the designation right now. Your local box store has all the stuff you need for a proper installation.

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