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Re: [TowerTalk] methods of using conduit in the ground for cables

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] methods of using conduit in the ground for cables
From: Edwin Karl <>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:42:42 -0500
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I might suggest adding a marker underground when you close in the trench.

When I ran conduit water lines from the well, and electric lines between 
the house and the barn and
hamshack the trench was 5 feet deep. First water pipe, then dirt, then 
electric and adding
another foot of earth.

We then ran a red plastic marker "Buried Electric" the length of the 
trenches (400 feet). The marker
has between 1 and 2 feet of earth on top. The hope is, sometime in the 
future the electric or water isn't
severed, and a bad thing happening when an uninformed person digs a 
trench uncovering the marker

Available at electrical supply houses, similar to the yellow "Caution" 
tape used at construction and
accident sites

Good luck, we're all counting on you ...

ed K0KL

On 4/5/2011 5:14 PM, Steve K7AWB wrote:
> As long as we are on the topic, which would be better?
> 1) secure the 4 inch conduit sections together in the  trench and then fill
> in the trench with dirt on top so the  sections could not move when pulling
> cables through them, or
> 2) keep the trench unfilled, but the 4 inch conduit sections put together,
> and pull the cables through them without the dirt on top?
> As I see it, once you put the dirt on top, there is no going back, but the
> conduit does not move.  On the other hand, conduit without weight on it will
> tend to move as the cables as pulled through, especially when the "last"
> cable is tried.
> Comments from you who have done this.....
> 73
> Steve Sala
> DN17es
> Nine Mile Falls, WA
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