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dewayne1978

12:00PM | 08/04/07
Member Since: 08/03/07
4 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hey I was curious.I have a small building about 75 feet from my house that i have converted into a place where my band can practice. I was wondering if i could run 10-3 with a ground from my house breaker up to the shed and put in a cut off up there. All we need are about ten recepticals for lamps and guitar amplifiers. Will this work? If not any info would be greatly appriciated. Thanks Jason

Billhart

01:16PM | 08/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
How much power do you need to be able to draw at one time? In watts.

dewayne1978

03:57AM | 08/05/07
Member Since: 08/03/07
4 lifetime posts
Well if I am adding it up correctly we will be pulling around 1500-2000 watts at any given time. We have been using a drop cord running from my house up to the building then using a power strip to supply extra recepticals, but this method concerns me because i am running a computer and i do not want to fry any of the equipment. so far that has not occured but i don't want to push my luck. Thanks Jason

Billhart

05:10AM | 08/05/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Yes, what you want to do is fine and idea for this because of a quirk in the code.

You are only allowed 1 "circuit" to an outbuilding. but that can be a multi-wire circuit.

anything bigger and you need a sub-panel.

but run the 10-3 from a 2 pole breaker.

then in the garage you need a DISCONNECT. But that can be a 2 pole, 20 amp switch.

IIRC I have seen them at the home horror stores.

then break it down into 2 120 volt circuits. one hot to each circuit and pigtail allof the neutrals together.

TimBonham

01:30AM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
You can definitely wire it up this way, and it will be better than running an extension cord.

But you mention worries about 'frying equipment'. Note that having permanent wiring won't really do much to prevent that. It's still connected to the same mains power lines, and susceptible to the same kind of power surges, etc. that can come in from those lines. Or even from other appliances in your house.

If you want to provide protection for a computer or other delicate electronics, you need to a surge protector, or better, a UPS system.

dewayne1978

02:56PM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 08/03/07
4 lifetime posts
I appriciate your help.I will get started. Thanks Jason

dewayne1978

02:58PM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 08/03/07
4 lifetime posts
I will invest in some good surge protectors i appriciate your response on the wiring issue. Thanks Jason
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