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Wiring for outdoor GFCI receptacle in my garden

I have dug my trench. I want to use FMC (flexible metal conduit) since some of my trench is only 8-12 inches deep. I need to know what wires I need inside my conduit. Do I just need a black, white and ...
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What metal is most suitable for a ladder submerged in an underground water tank?

I need a ladder in my underground water tank at home, to enable easy access for cleaning and maintenance operations. The water from the underground tank is used for drinking, apart from other ...
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Replacing old below-grade sleeves/conduit

Our boiler lines and hot water lines are running from building to building through four 6" diameter sleeves (about 12ft long). They appear to be clay pipe but not sure. Anyway, rainwater now gets into ...
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Removing pole and concrete base from yard

I debated between putting this question here or on SE Gardening and Landscape, but I think this question will be a better fit for this site... Let me know if I need to move it. So I'm now leading ...
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Running easily replaceable water line underground

I'm running a trench out to my shed for electrical. I'd like to use the same trench for a water line so I can have a spigot back there, and possibly future sprinklers. I'd also like to make it fairly ...
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PVC leak under slab in outdoor waterfall feature

I've searched the internet for a solution to my problem and I can't find anything that even references a potential fix. Maybe one doesn't even exist, but I have to try, right? So, here is my problem....
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GFCI and other concerns for 1500 foot wiring run

I have the following: My house with 400a service A pond subpanel 300 feet away from house fed from 100a breaker A barn 500 feet from pond subpanel currently run by a 12v offgrid solar system that has ...
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Wrong voltages on underground cable

Asking for a friend who's not too big on the internet... ;-) Background: On a farm. 1000' underground three wire power run to a well. Buried about 3 feet down. There is about 200' of three black ...
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Leak in boiler system

Have concrete slabs heated with an HTP boiler. 4 manifolds (2 supply, 2 return w/shutoffs). Had a loss of pressure and low water pressure error on boiler. I have isolated the leaks off the manifolds. ...
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How bad is using a 200 amp breaker box on a mobile home that only has 100 amp underground wire?

I just found out my parents breaker box is 200 amp in there mobile home but the underground electrical service line is 100 amp. The mobile home park has existed since 1979 and landlord has said ...
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Will water damage a spliced coaxial cable?

I have some R6 coaxial cable that runs from the alley underground and into my house to provide high speed internet and TV service. The line was cut by mistake while digging in the backyard. I've ...
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Inground trashcan hinge

I am trying to search for the in ground trashcan hinge. I've tried searching online for the part but don't know the correct name of it. Very hard to come by locally. The lid where it attached is about ...
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Inground trashcan missing neck

I have two in ground trash cans that are missing the neck where the hinge attaches to the lid. When it rains, water gets in and fills the hole. I have a 32 gallon plastic trash can that I put in and ...
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How to bury electrical wiring

I know I can run indoor wire underground as long as it is protected in something, but can I use a water hose to run it through instead of conduit or PVC?
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Does the NEC regulate data cable bury depth?

Technically my jurisdiction follows the 2016 California Electric Code, but it's mostly just the 2016 NEC. Table 300.5 lists bury depths for various areas and wiring methods. Do these apply to data ...
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How do I couple IMC underground?

The title, more or less, sums it up. I plan to bury some THHN/THWN-2 feeders, and my jurisdiction allows a 6" bury depth if I use IMC or RMC. I plan to use IMC, which comes with both a male and female ...
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Have Shed/Man Cave & Need Unground Power Advice

I have a shed which is a little less than 100 feet from my home breaker box. I currently am poor-manning it running a 100 foot extension cord out there. I have already purchased a branch electrical ...
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Placing wooden box underground; how to protect?

I'm getting ready to start working on my property this summer and instead of hauling a bunch of tools back and forth all the time, I'm going to build a large wooden box to keep all that stuff ...
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Can I use a ground rod as an equipment ground for a detached garage?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma. The house we bought has a detached garage supplied by 12/3 UF with ground. The previous owner/handyman set this up as a multiwire branch circuit (MWBC) with a twist: one ...
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wiring up new detached garage

K.I.S.S. Keep it simple stupid. Please remember this when responding because I have very little knowledge of home electrical, mechanic by trade. My House has a 200amp service panel House panel runs ...
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Department store PT GC lumber

I'm using pressure treated, ground contact lumber like this one bought from Home Depot for an outdoor project in my backyard. Parts of the lumber are buried underground, and some of the buried ends ...
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Cabin Wiring Plan Revisited

OK, So I’ve update my wiring plan … see images. I have more details now, such a part numbers, specifications and ratings, etc. I’ve consolidated much input from a couple of forums as well as Stack, ...
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Code for Buried Comms Cable

Are there any code requirements for buried communications cable (coax for TV/Internet)? Rockdale County, GA if it makes a difference. I have some jokers contractors at my house today who are supposed ...
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Running Cable Underground in PVC Conduit - Do I bond the PVC segments before pulling the wire through?

I have the PVC segments with the flanges at one end, and a relatively short (under 50ft) run, but its very bendy at the ends. My initial thought was to pull the cable through the pieces one by one, ...
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Future underground electrical supply

We are about to start on a phased plan to landscape our back yard. Phase one calls for a driveway to be poured behind our house, which will cross the entire property and connect two shared driveways ...
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Should I install a grounding rod near my light post to protect against lightning?

We have a very old house, which has had an old run of electrical cable (2-wire) from the basement about 40ft to a lamp post that has been unused. The old cable has been disconnected, and the current ...
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Is underground electrical cable underwater capable?

Is electrical cable that is rated for installation underground, also capable of being laid underwater? Through a stream or across a pond? Also, please make sure to mention if it is possibly but not ...
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PEX vs PE coiled pipe for underground use

I couldn't find exactly a direct answer; what should be used for an outside, buried water line? I've seen mention of using PEX, but had the black polyethylene pipe recommended. I'm curious because I ...
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Spacing of underground pipes with differing freezing points

I need to run a variety of electrical and plumbing from my house several hundred feet to the site of my future pool and pool shed. Included in this is geothermal piping, connecting my house geothermal ...
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Found PVC while digging, what is the purpose of the pipe I hit?

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 ...
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Underground electrical to garage - burying depth?

How deep does schedule 40 PVC conduit need to be buried for 30 amp electrical service from house to garage?
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Seeking good method to locate short on buried AC power cable

We have experienced a failure or short in one leg of a buried 3 wire 2.0-gauge aluminum cable that runs 150’ from our house to a detached garage (2 hots and a neutral, no ground -USE-2 RHH 60 MIL XLP)....
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Reduce speed of existing well pump

My existing well pump (at 550 ft deep) is a nearly brand new (installed last July) 3 wire pump and I do not want to replace it. However, I now have a 1500 gallon underground cistern in which to store ...
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Can I route a drain pipe under a gas line?

I want to reroute an outdoor drain pipe (rain water) to a better location but there is a gas line that is in the path that the drain pipe needs to go. Can I route the pipe below the gas line? I'm open ...
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running heat ducts outdoors

I'm building a small (160 square feet) granny flat about 20' away from our main house. Our main house has a great blend of pellet stove + solar collection to keep the home warm. Rather than run ...
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GFCI breaker with GFCI outlets trip with no load

This is my first time posting here. I hope someone can give me some help. The issue I have is new construction wiring for a driveway light and outdoor outlets at the head of the driveway. The ...
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What kind of pipe nipple to use on my well pitless adapter

I am working on the water pipe that connects to the pitless adapter on my well casing. There is a 1 in black pipe nipple that is screwed into the brass female thread of the pitless adapter. I have a ...
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How can I run a line under a cement sidewalk

What's a good way run a length of 2" PVC underground from one side of the porch to the other. I'd use it as a culvert to route a garden hose in the long term. The cement step and walk are 4' wide. ...
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How serious is building subsidence

I own a flat in the UK, in which I live. I own it. It's part of a block of 50 flats. I have learned recently that there was a subsidence problem. A large tree has been drinking the water from under ...
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Nicked and exposed UF cable exits house underground

While digging a hole to plant a bush, I hit the cable supplying power to our lamp post. Due to erosion over the past 40 years, the cable was barely covered with earth, and is now partially exposed in ...
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Running multiple UF wires in a single trench

I'm taking power from a 100 amp subpanel in an outbuilding and running three branch circuits: two to small outbuildings for lights, one to a horse waterer that draws 1.5 amps. Two questions: can I run ...
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Help identify (abandoned?) buried line

I have a pipe of some kind buried about 6" below grade in my backyard. Photos are provided below. I have no idea what this line might be, and was hoping to solicit ideas. Whatever it is, it appears to ...
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What's the best way to track buried electrical wire that's not live?

We bought a house that has light posts in the yard, scattered across 100 feet or so. I know there is buried wiring (probably no more than 12" deep) that supplies these lights, but this is a crazy old ...
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Drainage Pipe Question

I need to divert water from a rain gutter. The problem is that I need to run the pipe under a side driveway. What is the best pipe that will hold up with vehicle traffic? How deep does the ditch need ...
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DIY trenchless technology — what options would be suitable?

I have seen, on occasion, folks on this site whose situation would call for the use of some flavor of trenchless technology -- this guy is the most obvious example, but others have come up. However, ...
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Is it Okay to Snake Underground Line that has a Shielded Fernco Coupling?

I need to tie-in a pvc pipe to an existing 4 in. pvc drain pipe. I plan to use a shielded fernco coupling. Is it okay to snake a pipe that has a fernco coupling? Will the snake tear up the fernco? The ...
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Requirements for adding outdoor outlets

I would like to run a line of outlets on the front side of my house. Ideally there will be: 1 circuit of outlets that are always on for general use 2 circuits of outlets that are on timers, one for ...
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Can I build an electrical pole structure to hold a power wire into my property?

The power pole to my house is at the back right corner of the property. However, it's a little outside my property line. I wanted to run a power line straight down along the pole and into the ground ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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What are the code requirements for crossing a buried LPG line with an electric line?

Trenching for 1" Non-Metallic Liquidtight Conduit Type LFNC-B with 18" cover (10-3 W/G UF wire installed, 240V with 30A breaker) to serve a well. Just bumped into LPG line crossing conduit's path at ...