So I didn't call before I started digging because I was replacing an existing fence and I just made the assumption there would be any issue in moving the post hole a little bit. As luck would have it I hit two different types of pipes when digging the new holes. Any ideas on fixes for this or what this even is?

Not the sprinkler line as when i turned on the sprinklers no leaking occurred. Nothing came leaking out of either one and getting a current clamp tomorrow to see if the black one is electrical.

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    It would help a lot to know what facilities are on the property, i.e. which might have such services going to them. If you could say 'there's a 60A subpanel in my barn' or "we added q bathroom in the pool house" etc. also, how deep did you dig? – Harper Jul 17 '17 at 10:01
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    Given the depth, the first one looks like drainage and the second one looks like low pressure irrigation for gardens/plants (but that's just a huge guess). – Steve Jul 17 '17 at 13:31
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    To me both pics look irrigation related. When you turned on irrigation did you test all stations/zones? The first looks like 2 irrigation pipes that were pulled together, are those pipes about 1" diameter? The black does look like a wire but I'm guessing it's irrigation control multi-conductor wire. A non-contact voltage detector won't help in that case, what is the diameter here? Can you spot and writing on the outside? – Tyson Jul 17 '17 at 14:34
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    If these were right on the fence line...could they be your neighbors sprinkler system? The black one looks like a garden feed for lower pressure drip type lines, or a smaller water line off the main line. My yard had a few of the black thinner pipes coming from the main line out to where the sprinklers were buried. It is more flexible and easier to move the sprinklers around. – Jeff Cates Jul 17 '17 at 22:12
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    Confirmed. The black line was my sprinkler line just wasn't damaged enough to leak. I went ahead and replaced the damaged portion just in case. No idea what the white pvc pipe is/was but replaced it just incase too. Now i encountered concrete not sure how far it goes... this is quite the adventure. – kaminsknator Jul 18 '17 at 3:17

My best guess is the two pvc are abandoned irrigation given the size and thickness. The black is definitely for a drip system and the wire is most likely low voltage landscape lighting. Keep in mind all any of us can do is tell you what those items were intended For by the mfg. I have seen many a product abused and misused so without testing one cannot be sure. But given the material, location, depth, and proximity odds are very high that one or more of us nailed it. Not quite as good as you did though.

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