run power to my shed
I would like to run power to my shed. Shed is was built in June and was approved by the home owners association
and I did the proper permit steps and it was inspected and signed off on by the city so I'm all legal and stuff...
shed is 12 X 20...
I jumped ahead of myself and bought some stuff from home depot...
then I realized that I cant really do any of the work, has to all be done by an electrician. Even mounting
the box etc... makes sense I guess so here goes...
my shed is about 55 feet from the back of my house. when I had the house built about 15 years ago I had
an outside outlet installed on the back of the house. It runs off a 20 amp breaker in the garage
labeled "garage gfi". I turned off the breaker and it looks like the gfci outlet in the garage and
the outside outlets are the only thing controlled by it. (and im never using both at the same time
either working in the garage OR in the shed)
I purchased a green box with a cover on it from home depot that has a gfci outlet and a switch to
turn it off and on. supposed to be for use outside but I figured it would be perfect for the the shed.
I only use 1 tool at a time and this has 2 gfci outlets so 1 for the lamp and 1 for the tool (drill, saw, dremel etc....)
I have been getting by with running a 100 ft 15 amp extension cord from the back of the house off the
outside outlet I'm talking about, no problems has all the power I need...
sorry for the long post, but want as accurate info as I can get form you all :)
on to the nitty gritty:
1. What I want to do is run power from the outside outlet to the green GFCI outlet box/switch in the shed.
green box says "This device must only be connected to a circuit with GROUND FAULT PROTECTION". I think I'm ok
cause the outside outlet that I want to run it off of is gfci right??? basically remove the outlets,
wire in the shed and cover the box with a cover plate/gasket...
2. next question is do I need a permit? seems like a simple question but apparently not...
When I look on the permit site in my area it seems to indicate that I do need a permit
and that the contractor is supposed to get the permit???
"A permit will be required when any construction work is conducted. Electrical, plumbing
and mechanical permitting should be acquired by the contractor. Permits are required for
all sidewalk and driveway approach work."
however the electrician I was thinking of using said that I did not need a permit to
hook up an outlet in the shed???? I know it may vary from location to location but what is the norm???
3. I bought 100 ft of 3/4" liquid tight flex conduit (carflex, non metal kind) and would like to
dig a ditch and run it from the left side of my house to the left side of my shed, would like to run
it up through the floor and mount the green box about 4 ft high on the left side of the shed about halfway down the wall.
door is a big double door 4 ft wide. Is the liquid tight ok to make the full run? or do I have to transition to something
stronger coming out of the ground at the house and into the shed??? is it ok to run the
conduit up through the floor in the shed or does it have to come through the outside wall?
4. What kind of wire do I need to buy to make the run?? I read 12/2 would do but seems like there
are so many different kinds... 21/2 UF will pull through the conduit but seems a bit tight and would be hell
should I need to have a maintenance done on it later... I read I can just do UF but would rather
have the piece of mind of a conduit in case something goes wrong later... only wanna do this once
and I already bought the carflex.
5. we have a number to call so that the city can come out and mark the utilities before I dig.
If they approve the area, my plan was to dig the ditch myself to save a little money. Is this
OK??? surely the electrical contractor does not have to dig the ditch lol... HOW DEEP??? HOW wide???
the electrician I talked to first said 24 inches then he said 11 inches then I saw 18 inches on line..
just trying to gather info before I talk to the next electrician/city.... soooo confusing!