New outside circuits

popcornhillMay 16, 2010

We are putting in a concrete patio. Our outside receptacle on the side of the house is a gfci plug (nothing plugged into it). I have two circuits I want to tie into this. One is for a freezer on the patio about 15' away from the plug and the other is for a shed about 100' away. The shed is for a light or small tool use (drill or shop vac). I have run 12 gauge to each. I think I will replace or tie a junction box into the gfci receptacle and then connect the new circuits to the gfci plug. Does this make sense?

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randy427

A word or so on correct nomenclature: A plug is the two or three pronged device on the end of a cord that is plugged into a receptacle(aka-outlet). A junction box is the plastic or metal container in which the receptacle is installed.
What type of cable and/or conduit did you run to the shed, and how deep did you bury it?
Having a freezer and shop vac on the same circuit could cause an overload and a tripped circuit breaker. A freezer should be on its own circuit.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 2:59PM
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hendricus

If you go with a chest freezer it should be alright and the freezer can double as a counter/worktable. Plus a chest freezer costs a lot less to operate than an upright.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 4:22PM
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popcornhill

Tks randy. I buried the line to the shop about a foot deep inside 3/4" elec pvc. At the shop I wired into a receptacle. At the house I put a plug on the wire to plug into the hot outlet. Now, I want to change that plug out while adding the new line for the freezer which will sit on the covered patio. The outlet is on a 20amp breaker. It will be a chest freezer hendricus..tks.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 5:07PM
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DavidR

> At the house I put a plug on the wire to plug into the
> hot outlet.

Very nice. That should give the inspector something to ding you for when he looks your house over at sale time. I see a quickly contracted ($$$$$) electrician's services in your future.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 12:59AM
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popcornhill

HAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAA Yeah davidr I know when I am in too deep. That was done as a temp light. But ya'll are correct. It is time fer da pros. Seems simple, but the more I study up on this the mixed upper I get. Sooooooooo if I call 911 do I get an electrician?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 8:00PM
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