Are you tired of going out to the detached garage or shed or out building and looking for something with a flashlight ?  Here is a simple solution and no running of unsightly overhead wires ..

From the annals of This Old House, here is a great video showing the relative simplicity of bringing electricity to your remote garage, shed or other out buildings.

The video clearly shows the type of wire to use, the conduit and how to dig the ditch with a ditch digger.  The ditch digger can be rented from just about any construction equipment rental company

Stop fumbling in the dark and poking around with a flashlight.. Also, this will broaden the use of your building by giving you electric lights..

Check it out on Page 2 You have to admire and love the history of  This Old House and we are happy to share their wisdom with you, our readers


  1. I used a shovel. I went 18 inches deep by roughly 1ft wide by about 50 feet. It took me about 2 hours to dig it. I also bought a 500ft roll of #8 and just labeled it. I can run a 220 welder, 220 air comp, 400w high bay lights, chopsaw, and grinders with no issues..

  2. If all you need is lights go to Amazon buy a couple 12 volt l.e.d.RV lights, a solar panel and some cheap wire and go to the auto parts store and get a deep cycle battery and u got it made

  3. If you don’t find “messing with electrical wiring” simple then this probably is not a diy for you. And the trencher is not required by any means, just a time and back saver.

  4. NEC calls for 24″ below grade for direct burial cable, a gfci breaker doesn’t make a difference. (it is a better way to fucking it up) and it looks like he used a 12-2 line, what do you plan to feed with that?

  5. direct burrial wire has a higher amperage capacity than in conduit due to the cooling effect of ground. but agree a tape above is helpful for future projects

  6. If circuit is feed from GFIC breaker there is exception to code just for 20a 120v…for 12″ deep…. Must be UF cable and yes PVC is a nice protection form Damage… But has no effect on safety ! Thats the job of GFIC breaker..

  7. The only Code Error in this instruction was putting a screw on the inside of an LB fitting to mount to house… Fasteners are not allowed inside of LB fittings… It is a raceway not a junction box and is a violation.

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