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Small shed powered by generator

I have a small shed that I want to power by generator only. Do I have to have a beaker panel? Can I just run 12 gauge from the transfer switch around the interior with pigtails to switches?  There will be 4-5 switches. No appliances. 
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Posted 2017-11-15T02:40:27+0000  by P123p P123p

Hey P123p,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

At the bare minimum, you'd need a small subpanel to feed all the circuits. Not only does this make it safer and easier to trace the wires if you ever need to do maintenance on it, but it is required by code in most areas. 

Having breakers for the switches and any future items you'd like to power up in the shed means you can successfully take the power off there locally, instead of going back in the house to turn it off. 


Posted 2017-11-15T21:13:17+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
Hi P123p,

Before doing anything, check with your local building department for the code requirements in your area for such a set up. You want to make your installation safe and legal, as any fire or injuries may not be covered by insurance if your installation does not meet code.

Posted 2017-11-16T18:42:21+0000  by Mike_HD_OC
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