Running power to shed

Old 01-30-04, 05:27 PM
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Question Running power to shed

I am going to be adding power to my shed. It is 30-40 ft from the house. I am thinking of putting in 2 20 amps breakers in the existing panel box. It is a 200 amp box and I have plenty of space. I will be running the 2 lines to be used for lights and to run some power tools (router table and maybe a small table saw). Is it a good idea to put only the lights on one circuit and the outlets on the other? What are the pros and cons of running the power this way as opposed to putting a seperate panel in the shed? What are some codes I need to be aware of? Any help would be appreciated!
Old 01-30-04, 06:07 PM
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You cannot run two separate circuits to the shed. You may run a multiwire circuit, or you may run a larger wire and put a subpanel in the shed.
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"What are some codes I need to be aware of?"

2002 NEC, or whichever edition your local area uses.
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Search this forum for the word "subpanel". Differentiate between those talking about subpanels in the same structure as the main panel, and those talking about subpanels in a detached structure. Read all the ones talking about a detached-structure subpanels. Don't read the ones talking about same-structure subpanels or you may come to incorrect conclusions.

There may be quite a bit to read, but by the time you read it all, you'll be an expert.

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