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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 12:11 AM

I don’t see the problem extending the house/garage panel to the new shed. Lay down three #6 direct bury electrical cables (aluminum is cheaper) and dig to the required depth. A short distance is easy with a spade if you’re not going amongst trees. Use a stick of 2” plastic electrical conduit as a riser at each end to the panels. Check your codes and call for buried treasure markers. This would provide you with a 60 amp panel in the shed, plenty for your work. It will be 240 V, and will support an air compressor, your Unisaw, and with a couple more breakers for lights and outlets you’ll be well set. You don’t need a meter for that.

In our area you can buy a 20×40 steel building erected for about $4000. Check out overstocks, closeouts, etc. You’ll still have to buy the crete, and if you do spend the money, put Pex tubing down for future floor heat. It adds great resale value even if you never hook it up. The tubing is relatively cheap.
Good luck!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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