How to Run Power Anywhere

Not all the structures in your home have electricity running into them when you move in. There are some areas where you will need to make additional arrangements. Especially for areas like the shed or your garden, or in some cases, even the lamp post. To do this, you should make sure that the electrician Bakersfield wiring is done underground to the desired section, as safely as possible. This is a project that should be done with a rigid conduit and may cost anywhere between $100 and $500.

You will need the following tools for this project:

Wire cutter/stripper

Torpedo level

Tape measure



Pipe wrenches


Cordless drill or driver

Drill bit set

Screwdriver (4-in-1 preferable)

Drill bit 1 inch.

Leather gloves

Fish tape

Pipe bender


Wire connectors


Stranded electrical wires

RMC (rigid metal conduit)

Metallic tubing


Duct seal

Conduit straps

Plan the Conduit Route

You should first map the path of the conduit. Get a mattock and dig a trench along the path. Use a spade to remove the sod strips carefully, so that it will be easier to set them back into position when you are done.

It is advisable to have a short path while at the same time considering the power outlet that you will use from the house. First, determine a feasible power source. This could be the ceiling box, the main panel or any other electricians in Bakersfield CA outlet. According to Code NEC, you should limit the number of bends you make in total to 360 degrees, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Mount the Metal Boxes and the LBs

The LB is a fitting where the rigid conduit enters from the ground. Make sure you mount the metal boxes to the LBs within the shed and the house. In case you are going to work all the way to the crawl space or the basement, the length of your conduit is not very important.

Run the Metal Conduit

Get the measurements from the end of the LB fitting to the trench and mark it on the conduit. The pipes have to be threaded together before connecting with a compression connector to the LB. To get accurate measurements, temporarily attach the LB to the shed and get the appropriate measurement between them. Do this until you have all the pipes in place. Attach the end of the conduit to the compression connector, and then use a wrench to tighten the compression nut.

Connect the Wires

Pass the fish tape through the conduit. Make sure the wires are looped properly and wrapped with Bakersfield electrician  tape. To make sure that the hook on the fish tape does not snag, wrap it too. For wrapping, you should use stranded wire instead of solid wire.

Push the fish tape through the conduit. Make sure there is enough wire on both ends to reach the metal box. According to the NEC standards, there has to be a way of disconnecting power at the point where it gets into the shed. Make sure you have this switch installed

For this project, an expert would charge you a few hundred dollars, without considering the cost of materials. However, if you do it on your own, it will not cost you more than $200, including the materials.