There is an overhead wire extending from a junction
box above my back door to the garage which is twelve
feet away. The existing wire which is frayed provides
power for a small flourescent light in the garage and
one AC outlet. What is the proper type of wire that
should be used to replace the overhead wire? A brick
patio between the house and garage make burying the
wire infeasible. Thanks.
Further, most brick patios are not cemented or grouted, but rather set
in sand for drainage. If this is the case, it would be very easy to
disassemble a narrow strip of the patio, run conduit and then reassemble
I doubt it is easier than lacing UF to a galvanized cable (the stuff
you "guy wire" TV antennas with) and stringing it where the old
overhead used to be. Make drip loops where it goes into the bell boxes
and hook up 6 wires.
And do what on the other end? Break the garage floor and dig a pit there
to catch the other end of the conduit? He isn't putting a machine shop
out there- he just needs a 15 amp circuit for a light and a convenience
outlet. Sure, in a perfect world, a buried line would be best, but an
aerial drop with the proper hangers on each end is a dirt-common
low-buck solution, especially on older houses. I've seen hundreds just
like it. (And also lotsa hillbilly rewires with romex wound around some
big nails on each end.)
Note to OP- as long as you will have it apart anyway, best to put that
run on a GFCI on the house end.
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