It’s Electric

February 13, 2014

With the exterior nearing completion, we turned our attention to the electrical work. Although not the most rewarding work for us woodworkers, electrical wiring is certainly one of the most important. There is a lot of discussion in the blogs regarding this subject, so I will share our approach. We opted for a 30 amp, 110 volt service with three circuits. The house will connect through a 3-prong, twist-lock power inlet. A 10-2, 30 amp extension cord will plug into a typical RV-style supply. Also, we will have a 20 amp “dogbone” which will step the service down when necessary.

Our main panel is actually a sub panel. We will backfeed a single-pole 30 amp breaker which becomes the main breaker and distributes current to one side of the main bus. Our three circuits will feed off this. We are placing the panel in the shed as it saves us valuable wall space inside. All of our equipment and connections in the shed are rated for indoor/outdoor applications and our shed doors will have tight seals to prevent moisture penetration while in travel.

Here’s a quick look at some of the outlets in the tiny house. Once outlets are placed, lights and switches can go in next… wiring will follow the same order.12-2 wire will be used for the majority of the circuits. We are using GFCI’s in the kitchen and bath per code. We strongly recommend that if you are doing your own wiring that you have a licensed electrician approve your plan and work. More pics of the fixtures and finishes to come soon!

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