Sometimes stories can be better told with pictures than with words. Since it is difficult to “see” electricity, it seems only appropriate that this circuitous story be told with pictures.
As you follow the dotted blue lines, you will get a sense of just what can be accomplished with several extension cords in an effort to light up a storage shed. None of these cords are rated for permanent installation. None of these cords are rated for outdoor use—let alone being buried underground. Because extension cords used in such a fashion do not fail immediately, a false sense of security can be created while failure is brewing underground or over time due to exposure conditions.
But never fear—you will at least be able to see what you are doing in the shed.
Follow the dotted blue line where it starts near the front entryway deck 30 feet from the shed
Follow it as it slithers along the side of the house
Follow it as it crosses from the house under the walkway buried
Follow it as it comes out from under the walkway and heads toward the corner of the shed
Here it comes out of the ground and heads up the back of the shed to the roof
There it goes up the back of the shed to the top of the roof
Here it is coming into the shed at the peak of the roof at the back of the shed
It crawls along the shelf and then drops down to a green extension cord where it goes crazy for a while before it heads back upward
At last it reaches the light at the top of the shed—and the light works too!
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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