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Hi,
I am looking to get temporary electrics into my garden shed.
My wife will be using it for her part time dress making.
In the shed, I will be running a strip light, 3 or 4 sockets for a sewing machine, an iron, table lamp, phone charger etc.

Can I just connect 4 way extension lead from the lounge into the shed? (the shed back onto the lounge)
Or do I have to wire in a consumer unit?
If I have to use a consumer unit where do I power it from? (plug socket?)

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

I aa competent in anything electrical, as I'm a electronic engineer ( smaller stuff, not house wiring )

Thanks in advance
 
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Why is it temporary? If your wife is going to be using for the forcible future, I would have a power supply, permanently installed. It doesn't have to have a consumer unit installed.
 
If you were competent you wouldn’t be asking that question.........just saying
 

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Don't think the OP said he was competent, did he?
He did mate. The OP is an Electronic Engineer.
 

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Hi @harveycatt and welcome to the asylum.

If it's just temporary then there is no problem with using an extension lead. Make sure it is full uncoiled.
Better to have a permanent power supply to the shed though. This can be done without a CU in the shed.
 

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He did mate. The OP is an Electronic Engineer.
Don't mean he is competent though does it? quite the opposite I should think, met many "Electronic Engineers" who thought they were competent to do Electrical Installation, but I missed that statement from the OP. Sorry mate missed that "competent in anything electrical" "but not house wiring" I'm quite good at laying a few bricks, but wouldn't say I'm a competent bricklayer, spose I could do a short course and get qualified.
 
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Spoon

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Don't mean he is competent though does it? quite the opposite I should think, met many "Electronic Engineers" who thought they were competent to do Electrical Installation, but I missed that statement from the OP. Sorry mate missed that "competent in anything electrical" "but not house wiring" I'm quite good at laying a few bricks, but wouldn't say I'm a competent bricklayer, spose I could do a short course and get qualified.
Very true mate. I've learned a lot on the Domestic side from this forum and the guys/gals on it. Still learning every day..
 

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@harveycatt . How about extending the lounge circuit into the shed for a permanent feed?

Post up some pics of where about the shed is relative to the house.
 
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Don't mean he is competent though does it? quite the opposite I should think, met many "Electronic Engineers" who thought they were competent to do Electrical Installation, but I missed that statement from the OP. Sorry mate missed that "competent in anything electrical" "but not house wiring" I'm quite good at laying a few bricks, but wouldn't say I'm a competent bricklayer, spose I could do a short course and get qualified.
You could be a boil in the bag bricklayer after 5 weeks!
 

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You could be a boil in the bag bricklayer after 5 weeks!
That's got me hungry... Not for bricklayers...
Reminds me then I was young and I used to love having 2 packets of boil in the bag chilli-con-carne.
 

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Don't mean he is competent though does it? quite the opposite I should think, met many "Electronic Engineers" who thought they were competent to do Electrical Installation, but I missed that statement from the OP.
That takes me back to the day when Part Pee and the notification thingies came into force.
I was a regular on the IEE (now IET) forum then. I did have to smile at all of those time served and, probably, very qualified electronic engineers who bleated very loudly. When they realised that they could no longer do very much electrical work in their own houses!
 

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If you are having electric heating in the shed ; and the weather is anything like it is up here at the moment , I think your wife will need it. An extension lead with all the other things you have indicated may well be overloaded.
 

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If you are having electric heating in the shed ; and the weather is anything like it is up here at the moment , I think your wife will need it. An extension lead with all the other things you have indicated may well be overloaded.
On the plus side if the extension lead isn't uncoiled it gives some extra heating with an electrical fire:oops:
 

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And not one person has mentioned exporting PME it’s a record !!!
Why should they?...….manufacturing and exporting dresses!
 
4mm submain

2 way garage consumers unit in shed for lights and power

Part pee what’s that Shyte
 

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I presume the green building is the shed?
Whats the brick building with the door open? Does it have electrics in it?
 
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That takes me back to the day when Part Pee and the notification thingies came into force.
I was a regular on the IEE (now IET) forum then. I did have to smile at all of those time served and, probably, very qualified electronic engineers who bleated very loudly. When they realised that they could no longer do very much electrical work in their own houses!
This is the same for the likes of me who used to be a Q.S./P.D.H. for a so-called electrical contractor in Northamptonshire and dealt with the Part P notifications now I do commercial works ie schools etc also the likes of Pete999 who has had a lifetime of electrical installation works from house bashing to high profile installations. Now with part P, this means that we can't do some electrical works in our own homes without the expense of a third party or through L.B.C. And we would do a better job than most that are in one of the schemes from what has been posted on here for us to see.
 
Sack off part pee

But we all know this won’t happen

Too much money to be made from scams
 
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Is it literally a wooden shed that you buy at the garden centre? There are fire implications if so. Is it a metal shed? If so then there are earthing considerations. Is you supply/house already RCD'd? It is not easy from the information given to confirm your plans are kosher. How far away is it from the house? In any event an RCD is going to be needed to be involved in this matter.
 
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I presume the green building is the shed?
Whats the brick building with the door open? Does it have electrics in it?
Yes green building is the shed...
building with door open is the garage...
garage has a double socket on the wall which is powered from a plug socket in the lounge. As you look at the lounge in photo, plug sockets are on the wall to the right of the open sliding doors. The mains lead is plugged in there, goes through the wall into a double socket in the garage.
 

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Yes green building is the shed...
building with door open is the garage...
garage has a double socket on the wall which is powered from a plug socket in the lounge. As you look at the lounge in photo, plug sockets are on the wall to the right of the open sliding doors. The mains lead is plugged in there, goes through the wall into a double socket in the garage.
Does your CU have RCD protection?
So your garage is using an extension lead for the power?
 
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