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    Default Electrical Rules

    I'm planning on setting up a garden shed approx 2m from the house, on a wooden floor.

    I want to connect power to it (1 hot point) and I just want to know what the rules would be.

    I know if it's a permanent building that the cables going to it have to be buried 600mm under ground and be brought up in the foundation, or in conduit up the side of the building.

    Since this building is kind of 'temporary' (ie wooden floor, not concrete slab) does that change anything, or do I still have to dig?

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    I think you might still have to dig, the big downside is we are not meant to do our own wiring as we are not registered electricians, thats why I haven't wired up my garage (cough, cough)

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    Why not go overhead? 2m can't be that unsightly. PJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    I think you might still have to dig, the big downside is we are not meant to do our own wiring as we are not registered electricians, thats why I haven't wired up my garage (cough, cough)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppa John View Post
    Why not go overhead? 2m can't be that unsightly. PJ
    I think I'd rather dig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppa John View Post
    Why not go overhead? 2m can't be that unsightly. PJ
    Aren't there height limits - i.e. the cable must be at least 2m above the ground at its lowest point? If that's the case, the garden shed may not be high enough (or at least the cable sagging in the middle would be too low).
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    Default Re: Electrical Rules

    I just realized I'll have to dig across a path. So maybe overhead in conduit. I will have to check the height of the shed.

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    What?....there are rules?
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    Default Re: Electrical Rules

    For only 2m, why not a "temporary" overhead extension lead with an RCD or isolating transformer?

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    Don't know where you live & don't know what your local Electric people want.

    Measure to under your soffit. Put a short "Pole" on the shed, 3 x 2, 75mm x 50mm, to the same height. Screw a large hook at each end. Run a piece of steel wire, tight, between them. Cable tie your power cable to this. I doubt if it is neccesary to earth this short length of wire. If it is then find some insulated No8 guage fencing wire. Or run the power cable thro pvc hose & cable tie that.

    How are you going to connect at either end? PJ
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