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    So, I have a basic 20 amp circuit running to my shed that I put in about 1 year ago. It runs a few floodlights, indoor lights, rope lighting, fans, audio rack for outdoor speakers, little intex pump, and various items. For the indoor/outdoor lighting and fans, I have a bank of basic light switches (total of 6 switches). Basic covers and boxes like these.
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    I've been having a lot of neighborhood parties, maybe about 8 a year, and with parties, come the neighbors and the kids (about 15 of them). Well, beside for locking the shed itself (since I have games and a couch in there), I can't keep people and the kids from playing with the switches. Either messing up the outlet that the projector plugs into for movies, cycling the pool pump, or shutting off the lights as a joke.

    I need some sort of locking cover or solution for the switches. Would it be okay to install a locking sub panel just so I can keep lock up the breakers and have them "not messed with"? Would I need a ground rod even for just a 20 amp circuit feeding it?

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    There are little plastic individual toggle switch locks that you install using the cover plate screws, cheap and quick. I've also seen large lockable transparent
    switch plate covers in some commercial settings. Search the 'net for "toggle switch lock" and I'm sure you'll find something appropriate. I have no idea
    what a ground rod has to do with any of this.

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    IF it is a "real" problem change the switches to "locking" type , such as Grainger's #5Z724, that use a removable handle/keyto operate the switch.
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    From the sounds of it, you need to hire "rent-a-cop" security for your parties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreemoweet View Post
    There are little plastic individual toggle switch locks that you install using the cover plate screws, cheap and quick. I've also seen large lockable transparent
    switch plate covers in some commercial settings. Search the 'net for "toggle switch lock" and I'm sure you'll find something appropriate. I have no idea
    what a ground rod has to do with any of this.
    I need something "not permanent" and the switches still need to be accessible. I was hoping for something lie a large locking cover so I can access them with a key if needed. I was asking about a ground rod because I know it is required if you install a panel in an outbuilding....I don't know if it matter though if it's just a 20 amp single circuit still feeding the building

    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    IF it is a "real" problem change the switches to "locking" type , such as Grainger's #5Z724, that use a removable handle/keyto operate the switch.
    That's gonna get awfully expensive at $35 each.......especially since I need 6 :O

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    From the sounds of it, you need to hire "rent-a-cop" security for your parties!
    Ya know! I've been thinkin' about it.......I have one of my neighbors watch the kids, but it doesn't seem to help. I can't find out why the switches seems so exciting to a various amount of 3-7 year olds...........

    So, I stopped at Home depot and asked about covers, and ended up walking out with a breaker panel with a locking cover, and picked up a separate ground bar kit with some breakers. I installed it, wired up the 6 breakers, put a lock on it, and we are gold. I can't even open it myself without the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    From the sounds of it, you need to hire "rent-a-cop" security for your parties!

    A rent-a-cop could get shot at the party.

    Better guest would be a better fix.

    Sounds like a daycare and no place for kids to be.
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