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#25560 - 05/13/03 10:28 AM cable to shed  
JCooper  Offline
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Kendall Park, NJ USA
Hello all, hopefully this is an easy one. I am going to be installing a small shed behind my house, no more than 10' from the rear wall. Besides trenching, which I think is overkill and can't do anyway, I was thinking of an aerial run from the attic of the house, single story, to the side of the shed, maybe a disco on the outside. There would only be one small circuit for two lights and a vent fan, so I don't think I need a sub panel or ground rods. Suggestions for wiring?

Thank you, Jim

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#25561 - 05/13/03 04:14 PM Re: cable to shed  
classicsat  Offline
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I don't know how unorthadox this is, but run an SO extenstion cord (on a tracer, between the house and shed), plugged into the outdoor outlet on the house (with an in-use cover), with the shed wiring plugged into the

#25562 - 05/13/03 04:46 PM Re: cable to shed  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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We can't recommend using an extension cord as a replacement for fixed wiring.
See 400.8(1)


#25563 - 05/14/03 10:07 AM Re: cable to shed  
JCooper  Offline
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Kendall Park, NJ USA
I had thought about just using SJOW cord to do it but I knew that was not the RIGHT way to do it, sure it would work. Do anybody know if there is such a thing as UF cable with a messenger cable to run it aerialy? Or perhaps something along the lines of service cable with ACSR but in a much smaller size, I was thinking #12 to allow for any expansion.

#25564 - 05/14/03 12:51 PM Re: cable to shed  
ThinkGood  Offline
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Milwaukee, WI
What are the requirements, if any, for lightning protection as this would be an aerial cable?

#25565 - 05/14/03 03:44 PM Re: cable to shed  
RandyO  Offline
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Posts: 30
I think that the only way to do this correctly is with triplex cable ext grade..
and it starts at 8 awg and is very expensive... I looked into doing a barn or two on a farm once...

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#25566 - 05/14/03 04:23 PM Re: cable to shed  
JCooper  Offline
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Posts: 228
Kendall Park, NJ USA
Is it possible to run something like seal-tight, ot other flexible duct out to it? I have some 1" tube exterior grade for running fiber in, I guess this would violate its listing. This is only a 10' run max, I would rather do this right than just run a piece of NM-B from the attic to the shed, which I would not even consider. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

#25567 - 05/14/03 05:16 PM Re: cable to shed  
Bjarney  Offline
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See 1999 NEC Article 321 — Messenger Supported Wiring. {Note other articles for overhead clearance and other restrictions.}

#25568 - 05/15/03 06:41 AM Re: cable to shed  
Redsy  Offline
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Bucks County PA
Why do you think trenching is overkill?
You can't use portable cords or "aerial tubings".
I don't think quadruplex or triplex would cost that much for such a short span.
That is the right way.

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#25569 - 05/15/03 11:18 AM Re: cable to shed  
JCooper  Offline
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Kendall Park, NJ USA
The reason I can't trench is that there is some HVAC equipment between the shed and house and also the fact that I rent the house, I have permission from the landlord to do all the work but I don't think she would appreciate a trench installed for a small non-permant shed.

Bjarney, I don't have a copy of the NEC handy, its at home, is there anything in there allowing me to attach UF to a messenger wire?

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