power shopping for the shed

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I bought 25 metres of 30 amp armoured cable (£75). I paid an electrician to spend a day wiring up the ends, and adding everything else (£450).

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The electrician supplied these extras.

  • a new consumer unit (AKA fuse box AKA breaker box).
  • four wall-mounted double sockets with switches. My domestic AC power plugs and sockets are defined by a British Standard catchily named BS 1363. Each socket can handle up to 13 amps, way more than I need.
  • two four foot flourescent light strips
  • a light switch
  • wiring for the lights
  • a ring circuit for the sockets

I bought the power cable because I wanted to save a little cash. I don't want to rent an electrician for the stupid stuff like digging a garden trench. I do want his time for the clever stuff like connecting the cable ends.

LIC shopping list: power the room
name quantity unit price (£) total price (£)
25 metres of 30 amp armoured cable
1
75
75
electrician
1
450
450
   
total
525