I found myself in need to move my noisy woodworking to my back yard to avoid waking up my lady who works night shift. I decided to wire my shed and after some homework and the help of the Instructables community I started my project. Before we start I assume that you know how to wire the different fixtures.
First you will need:
- Liquid tight conduit or direct burial electrical cable
- Electrical wire (12-2)
- Switch box
- Switches, electrical outlets, light fixtures
Step 1: The right conduit
I bought 50 feet of conduit, more than the distance between my house and my shed. The conduit will be connected to a switch box in my basement and to a junction box inside my shed.
You will need an electrician's fish tape to pull the wire inside the conduit. If you find difficult to pull the wire there is a clear lubricant that you can use to make the job easier. Make sure that the lubricant dries before you connect the wire to the main box.
Step 2: Wire
I became aware that it is against electrical codes to use sheathed cable inside a conduit. Therefore you need to pull three unsheathed wires inside the conduit with a fish tape.
- Black wire for the "hot" or "live wire"
- White wire for the neutral
- Green or uninsulated wire for ground