The plan is to run a single 20A (heck it could be 15A) circuit out to a boat
house on a fresh water lake up in the northern part of Michigan. The only
load in the boat house will be an exterior light and a GFI outlet for the
occassional power tool if needed. I figure on burying 10ga UF cable approx
2 feet deep for the 100ft run to the boat house.
Once inside the boat house, I was thinking of running BX up the exposed
studs and over to the light switch and then on to the light fixture.
Should I be concerned with any issues with corrosion with aluminum clad
armored cable? I guess the alternative could be to continue the UF cable
run inside the building stapled to the studs? Wasn't sure if critters might
try and eat an exposed UF cable.
Since people in the boat house are coming and going to the beach (i.e., wet
feet and hands), should I use a waterproof light switch even though it's
technically "indoors" ?
You can't use AC cable but a "wet location" rated MC cable (most are)
will work. Just be sure it enters the bottom of all the boxes.
Otherwise water will wick down the cable. Personally I like the Rigid
Nonmetalic conduit better.
I would tail my lights off of the load side of the GFCI too, just for
extra protection when relamping or if the lamp gets broken. It is not
code but it is safer. I did it in my boat house.
The GFCI on the receptacle is code so you are right doing that.
If your going to go through the sheer hell of digging a 100 foot by 2
foot trench, I would run something heavier than 10GA. Maybe #8x4 wire
at the very least for all that digging effort, and a small 4 breaker
sub-panel where you can GFCI the whole building at once or have a
locking cutoff. Just in case you want to run more circuits later or
maybe a mercury vapor security light, etc. For that matter I'd
probably drop in cable TV and a phone line too, I just hate digging;)
This is good advice as I see it. When I dug an underground electric line
at the old house for an above ground pool I ran phone and cable in the
same trench. Later on I hooked them both up. It would never have been
there later on if I did not add those lines when the trench was there.
The boat house might be considered a damp location. In which case MC cable
should be substituted for the AC (BX) cable. PVC conduit is also a good
choice. I would use the outdoor switch and you might want to put everything
on the GFI.
At the borg locate outdoor boxes for receptacles, They also have a
toggle switch plate (wet areas) I used these in patio columns around
Look in the landscape lighting section. In this case I like the
mention of the switch on GFCI.
Any worthy fish in this lake?
"I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who
really loves it."
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