I'm thinking of running a 110v line out to my 10 X 14 lawn shed for an
interior light and maybe two outlets. Its about 75 feet from the back
of the house in the corner of my lot. Do I need to put the
underground rated wire in a PVC tube to protect it from the
inadvertant shovel (my wife has a green thumb) or just bury the wire
12" down and pray? When I come up out of the ground I'll used a
regular outdoor feed, but inside... do I need a box or just T off the
Any tips would be appreciated.
NEC requires you to protect a direct buried UF cable with a GFCI device at
the feed end if it is buried 12 inches, or it must be buried at 24 inches.
You should sleeve it in something like PVC where it comes up out of the
ground, and all above ground splices have to be made in a box
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 16:56:49 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would put UF in PVC. The extra few bucks for the pipe is nothing
compared to digging the hole. It is really pretty easy to work with.
R is right about the GFCI and the 12" in a dwelling. Deeper is always
better but with a GFCI in the house 12" will work.
Last house I rebuilt had a shed with power. Shed off ground on cinder
blocks. Wire through pipe from shed floor to ground. Pipe ended couple of
inched below the surface. At house, pipe comes out of ground. Pipe also
ends a few inched below the surface. Strapped to siding kept it from
tipping over. Out of open pipe end is NM cable with male indoor plug
attached. Plug blades very green. End of pipe filled with silicone around
wire. Plug put into an actual outdoor duplex cover. This outlet just
tapped into one of the bedroom circuits. Shed had no less than 15
combined duplexes and lights.
I am no electrician but I don't think this person was concerned about
local code...or human life for that matter.
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