Originally Posted by Lonicera
Has anyone ever used a Ditch Witch and installed underground cable? My electric co-op wants $5.25 a foot, and I need 600'. I wondered if I could do part of this myself.
The big question is who owns the wire, you or the power company? Meaning who has to fix it if it faults in the ground?
If it's the power company that has to fix it and they own it, don't hold your breath that they'll let you install it. If you own it and have to service it, then you can install it.
600 feet sounds like a lot of secondary. (Assuming we are talking about secondary here and not primary, since you are considering installing it yourself). I usually don't like to see secondaries longer than 200 feet, just to make sure there's good voltage at the meter.
If you do install it, let me know whether you are planning on trenching or plowing. Two completely differnt methods of getting the wire in the ground. And alot of "ditch witches" will do both. Plowing is really fast compaired to trenching. Your 600 feet could be plowed in around an hour, but you can really damage the cable if you don't know what you are doing.