We are building a path and stairs from our cabin to the lake which is about 200' away. Eventually I plan to build a shed to store Kayaks.
In the short term I want lighting at the lake. Other than lights and potentially running light-duty 120V equipment (powerwasher, electronics, air pump) I can't imagine what else I would need power for at the shed. On the other hand I like to plan for "unknowns".
I was planning on running a combination of buried PVC conduit and PVC conduit attached to the stairs to get to the final destination.
I'm wondering if my plan to use 1" conduit, 8# CU (4 conductors) to a a 40amp subpanel sounds reasonable.
It's been over 6 months and the stairs are finally finished. I am now looking at running power to my lakeside deck. I have run 60 feet of 1" conduit underground from the load center to the top of the stairs. There are 150+ feet of stairs including MULTIPLE landings. I am now rethinking the task of running rigid conduit attached to the decking/stairs (I count 10 (ten) 45 degree angles just to get to the first main landing). Putting this underground would be very difficult given the rocky soil and steep embankment. I've priced several options and while I have time I don't feel like slogging for 3 days trying to make conduit follow this circuitous route when a marginally more expensive option might work in the long run.
- Is there a problem stapling UF to the stair risers and deck supports? UF 6/3 is available and the mot expensive option but I could do this work in a day.
- Can URD be exposed (stapled to risers) or as the name implies, does it have to be buried? Quadraplex URD AL is only $1/foot. This is the cheapest route and fast.
- Is there any quick way to make the twists and turns following the stairs and landings down the hill with PVC conduit other than a copious number of 45degree angles? Mix water-tight flexible with Schedule 40 PVC?