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Wiring Machine Shed

I'm going to wire a 72' X 48" pole barn machine shed.  It will have a large bi-fold door on one end and a garage type door on one side near the other end of the shed.  Right beside the big door will be a walk door.


I have a couple of questions.  First, I'm inclined to use EMT for lights and outlets, but I also have a bunce of Romex.  If I used the EMT, how do you rout it around the posts?  You don't try to fish the EMT back of them, do you?  That may be a chore.  The Romx, I'd probably just lay on the girts and route them back of the posts.


For lighting - I am not crazy about direclty overhead because I may put in a ceiling plus that would take away from the clearance which is already tight.  How about lights where the wall meets the roof?  Will that work OK?


I don't think I'm going to do a lot of work in there, so I don't need lights good enough for fine work, but will want to do some things so don't want it to be dark as a cave, either.



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Re: Wiring Machine Shed

check your local building code-that is the minimum- and then check with your insurance company-you have to keep them happy

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Jim on the new shop we put the romex on the side of the girts and stapled it on. My opinion was the side would be less of a rodent problem as this was just done last summer in the cold storage part, versus laying it on the top. My original 60/100 lester was wired in the 80's and mice never bothered it wired this way.  My only regret is i would take the 37' double slider out and put in a bi-fold like a schweiss out on the cold storage gable end for a tighter seal. The outlets were screw on the side of the post and romex was wraped around the post. Otherwise conduit and wrap with L/B's would work unless u went behind the poles, they would fit tighter than a couduit bent wrap. The full finish heated shop was 3/4 conduit with 4 by 4 double gang boxes every ten feet around the perimiter of the entire shop. The lights still thinking led's instead of t-5's but will decide this summer. If u have rib tin inside they make a nice conduit offset that works well to mount the gang boxes on the tin flat and run the conduit on top of the ribs for a nice finish look.As far as lights on the side put them up and try as u could always add a center row with romex mounted flush for temporary till the ceiling goes in. Porcelain fixtures and a string of romex with a extra 2 feet at each light on the top of the truss could easily be retrofitted when the ceiling is put up. Good Luck !!!

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