I have a lovely standard black cable wire that wraps almost around my entire house, through, over and under dirt, mulch, rocks, bushes, daffodils...you name it this darn wire hits it all. An arborvitae has lifted it up 2.5 feet into the air at one point.

Before I end up running over it with a mower, or slicing it by way of a shovel or clippers I need to do something with it.

First question is, is it fine the way it is? I live in the Northeast and we get hot summers and cold winters. I assume the hot summer sun doesn't provide any benefits. Should I wrap the sucker in some sort of metal conduit or pvc tubing?

Second question, is it safe to just bury? with or without protection?

Third, currently it is one continuous piece, if I do decide to bury it, I am going to have to cut it somewhere to be able to rethread it behind bushes and set it back closer to the house/foundation. Will I need a special outdoor cable connector to protect it from water? or is a standard thread connection ok.

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    Whadda ya mean? Cable TV? Wire and cable being rather generic terms, question is a bit unclear, though the terrible installation does smell like a cable TV installer, or at least some of them...
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 18, 2014 at 20:38
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    Does it still carry a television signal? If it does, and you need that signal, you would best be served by burying it. A better option would be to get the cable company to re-lay it, correctly this time around.
    – alt
    Aug 18, 2014 at 20:39
  • There's no such thing as a "standard black wire cable"! What is it for?
    – Grant
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:03
  • Yes its a cable TV wire for cable and internet.
    – treeNinja
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:07

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If this is a cable TV wire, your best solution is to get it re-run properly by the cable TV company. Unfortunately, that sometimes can only be arranged by figuring out when it would be least inconvenient to you to have the cable out for a while and then running over it with the mower, etc - at least in my experience they are good at coming to fix stuff, bad at fixing it when it ain't broke. Your Mileage May Vary.

Now, if you'd like it run in conduit this time, they are not going to go there, but they generally won't mind if you do, so you might run the conduit (presumably in the "not all the way around the house direction" unless there's some good reason for that) before you mow the lawn and hit the improperly installed cable. If you can avoid most of the around the house run by having an inside the basement run, go ahead and run that cable (they won't do inside cable work, for the most part) and have it handy for connecting to their new cable.

I had a ridiculous replacement cable run when our old one filled up with ice at a bad connector, and for obvious and understandable reasons the installer did not want to run a new one where the old one was going along the icy roof, so he tossed one over the edge and down the outside of the building to the ground. That installer suggested calling back when things were warmer to have a better one placed, or getting an inside cable run and calling back to avoid the roof entirely. I had the inside cable run, called back, and they would not come switch it over; so it sat for several years until I next had a problem with the cable service they would come fix, at which point the installer was happy to switch to the inside cable. I did not actually attack the dubious cable, but I considered it...

  • @Ecneral, thanks so you definitely understand my frustration and fear with this the probable situation of me accidentally clipping it. I might look at alternatives then just burying it. i.e. Having it enter my house from the front then the rear. Its good to know I can just bury it after I re-lay it behind my bushes.
    – treeNinja
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:14
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    You can bury it but the best option is to move the cable internal to the house.
    – diceless
    Aug 18, 2014 at 21:27
  • Or if you know where it is (have a location service mark out all the utilities including cable so none are disturbed), dig a ditch for the new cable so the cable company can install conduit and schedule a conduit and coax installation. No downtime for you and they can leave the old cable in place for partial removal by you where it's mucking things up. Got tired of the old installation which was a shovel slit type with the cable only inches under the ground and prone to get cut anytime we had it surface. Aug 18, 2014 at 23:03

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