Outdoor Subpanel 350' feet away from Barn

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by hagler, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. hagler

    hagler New Member

    Aug 13, 2010
    Need to run wire for automatic horse waterers (1.3 amps each) to an open field about 350' away from the barn.

    Ran 14/2 UF wire to 3 waterers inside the barn.
    350' away from barn, is #10 wire OK for such a small load (1.3 amps for each waterer - 3 waterers in the field)? or do I need #8?

    In the field, need to run to 3 separate wateres, so I think I need a subpanel out in the field...
    How do I install the subpanel in an outdoor setting & what materials do I need?
    If #10 wire is ok, I need 10/3 UF to run from the main panel to the subpanel - correct? Also, does the entire run need to be in conduit?
    What size conduit if needed?
    Is 18" deep enough?

    What size breaker at the main panel?
    What size breaker at the subpanel?--> only need to run 3 waterers (1.7 amps each) and maybe two separate circuits of outdoor receptacles...

    What else is needed here? type of outdoor subpanel, grounding rods, etc...????

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012
  2. drick

    drick In the Trades

    May 16, 2008
    Why do you want a subpanel? 1.3x3 = 3.9A which is not nearly enough to need to worry about a subpanel. If all we are talking about here is the three waterers save the $ you would spend on a outdoor rated subpanel, ground rods, etc and just run 12 gauge to the three waterers and use a 15amp breaker. (I'm assuming these things are just something you could plug into a standard outlet). There will be a voltage drop, but not enough to matter on such a small load assuming you have 120V at the barn with the same live load connected.

    If you are concerned you may be using these outlets for something else in the future you should pull #10 and use a 20amp breaker. That will bring the voltage within more tolerable limits at full circuit load.

    Use 3/4 inch conduit with THHN stranded wire (not UF) and 18"depth for the conduit is good.

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  4. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

    Jun 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Poor ole horses will not drink out to those damn things unless there is a bonding grid installed to keep them from getting bit when they drink.

    I used those pieces of junk for about a week before throwing then in the dumpster. Went with a float and valve type of setup such as used in the toilet.
  5. hagler

    hagler New Member

    Aug 13, 2010
    My fault for not explaining better....after the 350' run I need to go in both directions another 300' or so to connect to 2 other waterers in the field.
    Also, these are direct wired waterers, they do not plug in to outlets. I thought of just having outlets in case I needed a light or something out there with a small load.
    If branching out like this in both directions another 300', does a subpanel make sense? Please advise. Thank you.

    BTW....what is the correct way to size wire for runs like this? I've read that you drop a size for about every 150' or so --> 14 ga initially would drop to 10 ga at 300' .... something like that...is that correct?
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
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