Need Help with wiring!!!

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Old 08-15-15, 08:31 PM
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Need Help with wiring!!!

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I have absolutely no electrical experience so please be gentle with any help you can give and understand I am completely ignorant in what to do. I do know that I can still do this as long as I can find out how and what to do. I have bought a place that has a old makeshift barn on it. There is a box inside the barn that the previous owner says is live. Their are plug receptacles all over the place but all wiring has been stripped out of it. I am needing to know how to set up the box and run the wiring throughout the place. I plan to use it for several things. I need to be able to run several large freezers, dishwasher, possibly washer and dryer, a couple of electric heaters, multiple lights, as well as heating lamps in the future for chickens/ducks/quail etc.. Hopefully with the ability to add more if needed. I just do not have the finances to afford an electrician and so I am hoping to be able to do this myself. Thank you in advance for anyone who can help me figure out how to do this
 
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Old 08-15-15, 08:39 PM
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There is a box inside the barn
Do you mean breaker box? If so it should be supplied by a breaker in the main panel at your house. What is the size of the breaker in your house panel that supplies the barn?

Some picture of the panel in the barn with the main cover removed would help us get an idea of what you have. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html
 
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Old 08-15-15, 08:52 PM
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For people with no experience in electrical work I always recommend the book Wiring Simplified. It is a general overview of electrical systems from the generation station to the point of use. It is written for the lay person and it not only tells you HOW to do the work but WHY it is done in the manner prescribed. As I recall there is even a chapter on farm wiring which will be important for you since buildings housing livestock have special rules.

Wiring Simplified has been in continuous print for more than 80 years and it is revised every three years to coincide with the revisions to the National Electrical Code, abbreviated NEC. It is an inexpensive book, about ten dollars from many sources and maybe a bit less from some specific sources. The last time I looked I think it was $6.95 or $8.95 at my local big box mega-mart homecenter. You will likely not find it in the books and magazines section but instead in the electrical aisles. It is also available from Amazon.com and other on-line retailers.
 
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Old 08-15-15, 10:55 PM
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I will get pictures as soon as I can. The house has no electricity hooked up so I don't know how it would be connected to the barn because the previous owner said that it is live and his wife shocked herself by accident when messing around it. I will take pictures of both of these boxes when I am there again sometime this week. Hopefully that will help
 
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Thanks I will look into getting the book.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 12:57 PM
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Ok I took pics of the box inside the barn. The power does not come from the house. It is connected directly to the pole nearest it.

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It is connected directly to the pole nearest it
In that case there should be a meter outside. Show us the meter. It should look something like this.

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I would not try to reuse the fuse box in the picture. It seems you may need to install a new electric service but will wait for pictures of the meter. to hopefully clarify what you have.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 01:13 PM
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That box is certainly not live as there are no wires feeding it.
 
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