Wiring A Shed: What It Entails And Hiring A Licensed Electrician
The licensed and insured electricians at KB Electric LLC provide many of its customers with electricity for their sheds. Wiring a shed takes a lot of field experience, NEC (National Electrical Code) knowledge, manpower, tools, and proper equipment. This is why it is recommended that a licensed and insured electrician be the one to wire your shed. Let’s explain what it all takes to power up your shed for lighting, tools, and everything in between.
What Needs Power In Your Shed?
First thing is first. Make a list of things that you’ll need to power in your shed. Once this is figured out, a licensed electrician will be able to tell you how many receptacles (outlets) and dedicated lines you’ll need to run. Make a game plan of how many outlets you’ll need, how many lights and what types, and where you’ll want these things located. Again, if you are unsure, an electrician can help.
Do You Have Enough Juice To Handle Electricity For Your Shed?
Before wiring a shed, you’ll need to know if your home’s main electrical system is capable for providing power to it. Some homes only have 100amp main electrical panels. If you need a lot of things wired, this may not be enough.
For example, a service upgrade of 200amps, and an additional sub panel could be needed if you are powering a “workshop” with a lot of tools, heating and cooling, lighting, other special equipment that requires 220v, etc. It really all depends on what you are using your shed for, and what will be needed for things to operate efficiently, safely, and properly.
Get A Permit Ready For Wiring A Shed
Depending on the scope of the project and the township you live in, adding electricity for a shed might require a permit. Contact your township to see what is required for wiring a shed before starting anything.
Underground Feeds For Running The Electricity
In most cases, wiring a shed with your home’s electricity to the shed requires trenching and underground feeding of special conduit.
Running The Wires And Installing Everything
After the trenching and underground feeds are in place, running the wires and adding dedicated lines is the next step. Once this is done, your shed will now be ready for the install of outlets, switches, lighting, etc.
Hire A Licensed Electrician For Wiring A Shed
Getting electricity from your house to a shed is no small project. It is definitely not a DIY project if you aren’t a professional that deals with wiring.
- Electricians know if your home is capable of providing electricity to your shed.
- Electricians know how to install/replace main electrical panels and sub panels if needed.
- Electricians know which type of dedicated lines you’ll need in your shed.
- Electricians have the field experience and manpower to trench and install underground feeds to get your shed wired properly.
- Electricians know the NEC requirements for wiring a shed to keep you and your family safe, as well as ensuring everything works properly and efficiently.
- Electricians have access to the proper tools and equipment for shed wiring.
- Electricians wire anything and everything, with the ability to give you sound advice on where to properly place outlets, switches, lighting, etc. They can give you great ideas as well for choosing different types and styles of devices and fixtures.