Do you need to add power to the She Shed? Or are you tired of looking for the tools you need in the dark? Let’s look at the best way to start running electricity to outbuildings, and just about anywhere you need it. By running electricity underground, using Rigid Metal Conduit (RMC), and following safe wiring practices, you can bring power and light to your sheds, gazebos, workshops, and other buildings in your yard.
Tools Required for Adding Electricity to Your Shed
There are several tools you must have before you start this job. Make sure you have a hacksaw, a fish tape that’s long enough for the length of the RMC, a pipe bender designed to bend conduit measuring ½ inch inside diameter and ¾ inch outside diameter. Additionally, you’ll need some good pipe wrenches that can screw together the pieces of pipe. Ensure that you have a drill with a 1 inch bit that can penetrate the siding on your house. You will also need wire stripping and cutting tools.
Are Permits Required When Adding Electricity to Your Shed?
It’s difficult to say, without being familiar with your local area’s permitting requirements. It’s a good idea to call the local building department a couple of weeks before starting your project to get an electrical permit if it’s required. Several days before you plan to begin your project, you need to call 811 and have them mark the underground utility lines on your property.
Planning and Digging For Additional Electricity
When you’re installing electricity in your outbuildings, planning is a massive part of the process. Start with locating a power source. Should you connect to the main panel, an outlet, a ceiling box, or some other electrical box? As you plan the route from the power source to the shed, remember that you can only do a total of 360° degrees of bends to the pipe, according to the National Electrical Code (NEC). This is one of the reasons why proper planning is critical. After planning the route, you can measure and understand the amount of wire and conduit you will need.
When it comes to digging, you’ll want to use a mattock for digging the trench. The advantage of using RMC over underground feeder cable (UF) is obvious when it comes to digging your trench. RMC only needs to be buried six inches underground, while UF needs to be at least twelve inches deep underground. If you carve out and remove strips of grass with a spade, you’ll find it easier to replace these after the project is complete.
These are the primary things you need to consider when planning for and adding electricity to your shed.
Plan B – Call a Licensed Electrician
Once you get past the planning and digging phase, it may occur to you that this is a bigger project than you once imagined it was. For instance, if you want to have a dedicated circuit for your shed, you’ll need to have a licensed electrician make the connection to your primary electrical panel. Every day, we help customers that thought this was an excellent DIY project but changed their minds.
If we can help you add electricity to your shed or other structures in your yard, call us at Deshaies Electrical Services, and we’ll take the guesswork out of this project for you. Let us come out and light up your home!