Workshop Electrics Basics

After a few comments from various readers about the complexity of my previous thoughts on workshop electrics I agreed to write an article for the shed blog for the readersheds National Shed Week. The article gets back to the basics of a workshop electricity supply from preparation and planning, to digging a trench to the installation of the electrics.

5 thoughts on “Workshop Electrics Basics

  1. alan b says:

    Seems overly complicated when you could go with an old fashioned lash up?

  2. I did origionally have a lashup provided by the previous owners of the house. A piece of cooker cable was plugged into a socket in the house and strung along the fence. This proved very inconvenient as it was shared with the tubledrier. The fence is due to falldown / be taken down so the cable would have had to move at some point. For a couple of days effort I now have a permanant, safe and reliable connection to the workshop that does not get turned off when the clothes need drying.

  3. alan b says:

    ah ha. Think I’d have disconnected the tubledrier and given priority to the shed. Would save electricity too.

  4. Peter Lawson says:

    Are there such things as portable re- chargeable batteries for small power tools when a mains cable from a flat is not an option?
    Like a re- chargeable ‘ generator’ but without noise or smell that can be charged indoors and then used in the shed ? Thank you for your time.

    • Peter, that’s a great question. You could potentially use a big solar panel to charge batteries. As you suggest a petrol or diesel generator would give off fumes so you’d want to run that outside. So I think in this case a big multi-battery charger would work best and several high capacity batteries. The range of things you can get that are cordless now is astounding, I saw a die grinder today that ran off batteries.

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