plumbing and electrical

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by jodenmel1, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. jodenmel1

    jodenmel1 New Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    Next to my loafing shed there is water for my horses and electrical to the barn. When I was digging in an area close by I found that the water line and electricial are within about 6" of each other. The electrical isn't even in pipe just gray 14/2. Is it ok like that?

  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    I do not know about the 6" separation or how deep things should be, but the grey wire is likely "UF" for "underground feed" and is meant to be buried without conduit. Also, it is probably actually 14-2 w/ground UF. If you might take a look at either termination point, you should be able to see it is similar to Romex but with the ground wire actually molded-in between the black and white wires rather than simply laying between them with everything sharing a single wrapper.
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  4. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    North Carolina
    Cable rated for underground looks like standard romex on the outside, except for the color, but inside there is no paper filler or voids. If you can't read the labeling you can easily tell the difference, because the cover insulation should completely fill the spaces between the wires and ground.
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