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Old 02-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #16
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Can I step in with a broken butt?




polaris taps correctly taped will last beyond all our lives.

polaris taps correclty taped and buried in a pvc box will last "perhaps" a thousand years.


step in now aggressively.

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Old 02-04-2008, 08:44 PM   #17
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I like the gravel in such applications as well. I hate mud.

Another question: My direct burial cable is presently buried at 24". Is the reduction of depth acceptable to bring the junction box up to the base of the inspection well? The distance from the inspection well to the structure (and subsequent exit of the cable from the earth) is about 6'. Do I maintain the new level for this portion of the run or drop back down to 24"?
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:47 PM   #18
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In my humble opinion....nope


I'm not an inspector though...

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Old 02-04-2008, 08:48 PM   #19
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Can I step in with a broken butt?
polaris taps correctly taped will last beyond all our lives.
polaris taps correclty taped and buried in a pvc box will last "perhaps" a thousand years. step in now aggressively.


God Bless you Andy in ATL That's what I needed to know!
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:59 PM   #20
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Easy now Randy


Someone....


And maybe a bunch will disagree


Fact is

I'm right.

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Old 02-04-2008, 09:17 PM   #21
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There are no inspections where I am. I can't really afford to have a licensed electrician come in and do everything for me, so if it's to get done, I have to do it. I'm glad I found this forum where some (if not all) have been very helpful in making sure I keep my installation safe. Thanks again guys.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:28 PM   #22
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The key is to ask how to tape correctly....


Scotch 33 at the HD or Lowes


About one minute and a bit of common sense will do.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:29 PM   #23
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There are no inspections where I am.
Everybody says that!
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:34 PM   #24
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Everybody says that!

Brother, That right there is the rub....



Iv'e wired a "gajillion" inspected.


The coolest one had no inspections and took almost a year.

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Old 02-04-2008, 09:43 PM   #25
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No really. I've asked. I live in the county that's not part of any municipality. There are no county inspectors. My entire home was built without inspectors...a little scary, but a fact of life around here.

I'm from the big city originally. It took a little getting used to the way things are done around here.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:46 PM   #26
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The one I built was for a guy on a lake in North GA.


Huge....worth millions and totally uninspected.

Somehow didn't burn down.

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Mine is hardly worth millions, but it's home. We retired four years age and moved out here last year.

We have an 1100 sq. ft. cabin in the woods with a workshop. We're adding a couple of guest cabins, which is this project.
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:01 PM   #28
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Brother,


We are the best in the entire world at quoting code and what not. Build the cabin with common sense and advice.
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There are no inspections where I am. I can't really afford to have a licensed electrician come in and do everything for me, so if it's to get done, I have to do it. I'm glad I found this forum where some (if not all) have been very helpful in making sure I keep my installation safe. Thanks again guys.
I just feel the need to point this out...

"I can't really afford" is not the correct way to phrase "I don't feel like spending money on..." or "I prefer to do this myself rather than break the budget."

You're retired in the boondocks, in a cabin, and you're BUILDING GUEST CABINS! The issue isn't affordability, it's where your priorities are. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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You're retired in the boondocks, in a cabin, and you're BUILDING GUEST CABINS! The issue isn't affordability, it's where your priorities are. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I worked saved and invested for 40 years, retired and built my cabin paying cash. After I bought my property and made improvements, my expendable money was pretty much gone. We have some set aside to take care of us when we're too old to do it ourselves. I'm not rich, just thrifty and smart with what I have.

The guest cabins are not a luxury. We're opening a bed and breakfast. It's a way, we hope to supplement our pension to help pay property taxes.

You're partly correct about me wanting to do it myself. I enjoy it and have the time. It saves me a considerable sum to do most of the work my self. I'm also doing carpentry, plumbing, drywall, tiling etc. My sweat is worth quite a bit when you consider what the trades charge.

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I don't suppose I could talk you into hanging that spliced cable on the wall for a later date and buy enough cable to reach the new panel without a splice?...
Dear friend Stubbie,

I feel like your a guardian angel watching over me.

On my very first post to this thread I'd indicated that the line was already in the ground. Our plans changed after that and I was forced to rethink my sub-panel location. So, a splice became necessary. 120' of 1/0 is not cheap.

Don't worry, I've decided to pull the box out of the ground. I'm going to mount to the wall in back of the guest cottage then just run conduit along the wall to the original entry point.

This if actually a better solution anyway. I can keep clear of water and septic lines and also have access to the splice is ever it should become necessary.

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