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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.
 

Pete999

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If you were competent you wouldn’t be asking that question.........just saying
Don't think the OP said he was competent, did he?
 

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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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