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Old 04-08-2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am looking for wholesale prices on UF 6/3 underground wiring. I need 180 feet of this stuff and it is expensive.
Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get this besides Home Depot or Menards.

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Old 04-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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Try local electrical supply houses around your place. Also try Anixterwire.com they are one of the larger wire manufacturers/distributors East of the Mississippi.

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Hi Everyone,

I am looking for wholesale prices on UF 6/3 underground wiring. I need 180 feet of this stuff and it is expensive.
Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get this besides Home Depot or Menards.

Thanks
For a 180 foot cut you cannot beat the price of a 250' roll at Home Depot. Then sell the 70 leftover feet.
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For a 180 foot cut you cannot beat the price of a 250' roll at Home Depot. Then sell the 70 leftover feet.
I don't think 6/3 uf comes in a 250' roll. If it does, that is one heavy sucker!
I have seen 125' and 1000' rolls.
You may have to have this cut for you.
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1000 feet? wow, that would smash your foot if it rolled over it...ouch.
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Goose, that was funny Well, maybe not to them it wasn't.
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Don't use UF. Install conduit and THWN.

UF is stupid.

All wire is expensive. You generally can't beat Home Depot pricing.
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Yes it is expensive relatively speaking, but since it is money either way, before spending you might want to add what you're trying to use it for to your post since UF Cable is NOT approved for all feeders or branch circuit installations. (example... Pools)
Also, people here may be able to add suggestive alternatives to accomplish your project instead of just the UF Cable.
Direct buried cables required to be covered with at least 24" of earth but a conduit would only be required to be 18" of earth cover. That may help on the digging part?
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I will say what I always say: If you have the chance to put it in conduit, do it. As Dragon correctly pointed out it is less digging.
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I am running the 6/3 wire from the main house to an out building.
Thanks for all the help.
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Don't use UF. Install conduit and THWN.

UF is stupid.

All wire is expensive. You generally can't beat Home Depot pricing.

There is nothing wrong with running UF.

What is stupid is people who prefer to do something only one way and expect everybody else to do it exacly like them.

If you want to become less stupid, become more versatile.
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Hi Patti

I think what 220/221 is suggesting is that uf-b direct bury is about the same price as conduit and thwn insulated wire with less digging. As far as installation ease...it really isn't a big deal one way or the other. Conduit does provide some advantages. 24 vs 18 inches with a sharpshooter spade 180' is going to be a bit of work no matter how you look at it. I would suggest a rental walk along trencher or hiring someone to trench for you.

And don't forget to locate any existing buried cables before you dig.

If you have'nt already purchased the UF-b I would considered price comparing a conduit installation with a direct bury like uf.

You also mention a 6/3 UF cable. How many wires are in your UF including the bare ground?

6 awg uf will provide for a 60 amp sub-panel do you need this much at this outbuilding? What are you operating there?
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We are remodeling a old dog kennel 35*15 ft. building and using it as a summer cottage. I will need enough electric for a hot water heater, microwave, frig. lights, etc.
It will have it's own fuse box out there as well.
Right now there is a 20 amp running out there, but with all the electric I will need, I need a 60 amp. per the electrician.
We will definitely be using a trench digger.

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