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    I just moved back into my own house two weeks ago as my ex vacated (Long sad story).
    I've got my main computers set up in the house now, albeit without a full network, but working on it. Now comes the hard work....setting up the "farm". I've accumulated a few computers over the last few years, and I finally have a space to create to run them. It's no cyber-cafe like Wiggo's, but it's a cool dry place to set up a few computers. Unfortunately, it's also a bit rough, and I'm a po' boy, so I'm having to do all the work myself. The building used to be set up as my bicycle shop when I was a mechanic for an amateur team I raced with. It had temporary power (A power cord run over the ground from the main house) and a telephone line (Also run aboveground). It was enough back then as all I was running was a couple lights and occasionally a small compressor or power tool. Now, as I'm sure you've guessed, that ain't gonna cut it for running the same lights, power tools as well as having several weak older computers running 24/7. The power needs to be hardwired in....trouble is it's about 35 feet from the main house to the shop. The easy way would be to pay an electrician to set up a new service. Cha-ching! I'm planning to run a conduit from the main house and tie into an unused circuit in the basement area. This also gives me a conduit in which to run a Cat5E cable and a phone line. Yes, I'd rather run them as separate conduits, but I couldn't afford to...so we'll see if there's interference. I'm sure some of you are thinking that I should go wireless, but once again, just can't afford it right now. I'm happy to share this project and I'm open to suggestions...just don't rag on me because I'm not using the best and the latest. If it works, I'll be happy. :D
    Here's a shot of the shed and how close it is to the house:
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    Another shot of the building:
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    Farm equipment:
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    The shop is "wired" by extension cords running to various lights, junction boxes and powerstrips. I am eventually planning to build a larger building lower on the property and the shop will become a guest house, so I am going to wire it internally with that in mind, and cover the walls in drywall. There's an inside storage area you can see in this pic, as well as an outside accessible area via the smaller door in the earlier pic.
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    now that is what a shed is supposed to look like... unlike someone else's 'shed'

    I'm pretty sure you are going to get some nasty problems if you run your cat5e along a power line for 35 ft. You need to find some way to sheild it, although I'm not sure how that wouldn't cost you more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    I'm pretty sure you are going to get some nasty problems if you run your cat5e along a power line for 35 ft. You need to find some way to sheild it, although I'm not sure how that wouldn't cost you more money.
    I appreciate your point. It's going to take a bit to get the trench dug by hand, so I'm thinking about running a second conduit for information cables. It could be a smaller and cheaper one. Any idea how far away it should be from power cables?
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    6-12 in should be alright. Before you fill the hole in though, I would try it out and see if you are getting any interference just to make sure so you can isolate it easier.

    Good luck,
    Chez

    PS When you buy the conduit, the guys there should be able to give more specifics, tricks, ect. to help so you don't get interference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chezman29
    PS When you buy the conduit, the guys there should be able to give more specifics, tricks, ect. to help so you don't get interference.
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    Have you ever shopped at Home Depot? Those guys work there because if they actually KNEW anything, they'd be doing it as a trade. Same with the local hardware stores....frickin boneheads. "May I help you?" "Yeah, stay the hell outta my way and go sweep the floors or something"...lol
    I do appreciate the tips, especially about trying it first before backfilling the trench. I've found quite a bit of info about this so far, and the "best" solution, besides wireless, is to run it all in optical cable, which is actually faster and more reliable than wireless. No conductivity, no interference from power lines, and no risk from lightning strikes. Thing is...it requires at least an optical router and receiver, at about $550 for the pair....and the cable isn't much less than that. I think I'll go with the second conduit about 12" above the first one, and if I'm in a better financial situation at a later date, I could still pull optical lines through the same conduit. :D
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    If it's information you are after, you gott'a find one of those "mom and pop" hardware stores - and make sure mom or pop is in.

    Sadly, the big chains have driven them out for the most part.

    I worked in a hardware store, and a lot of customers left when the "big boys" entered the area. Then they all came back, because we knew the products we sold -- furthermore, we knew where they were located in the store!!!

    I've yet to go into one of those home improvement places and have an employee be able to guide me to anything other than the cash-resgister.
    What a bunch of dolts!!

    No sir, product knowledge, hassle-free returns and a prompt response to "where is...?" makes paying a bit more a good deal in my book.
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    Ok I had a few feet extra to go but by law here the electrical cable must be in moisture sealed conduit and be 600mm (24") below the surface but as I also had to run Cat5E as well in the same trench the power had to go 700mm (28") down so as to give the Cat5E conduit a 300mm (12") separation from the power to stop possible interference and still keep the Cat5E at a legal below ground level of 400mm (15"). Good luck with it m8. :thumb:

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