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Old 05-11-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Digging a trench for use with an above ground swimming pool


My mom recently bought an above ground pool and is now trying to find an electrician to set up the wires we need. She had two guys come the past two days and both said we needed to dig a trench. My question is, can we do it? Is it a hard job? Or should we have someone else do it? What kind of machine do we use if we were to do it ourselves? I forgot how deep it has to be, my mom might of said 12 feet. Does that sound right? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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I use a shovel and go 2 ft deep. Or rent a trencher from a rent-all.



Donít forget to call to have the other underground utilities marked.

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12 feet deep would be excessive

12" deep allowed IF GFCI protected before it goes into the trench, otherwise 18" to the top of the wire/conduit
How easy depends upon the soil
Here the ground is rocky, so its a pain
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I used a trenching shovel to extract the dirt - was way neater:

This pic is of a 5" one, but I used a 3". They sell them at Home Depot, not Lowe's (at least here).


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