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Old 04-23-2011, 02:24 PM   #16
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Can SEU be used underground in conduit?

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K I think I found the answer to my own question searching Yahoo I came across where a similar question came up on Mike Holt's forum and the code reference points to a code line that's new in 2008 where it indicates SE type cable can't be used underground with or without raceway. So the answer is no I can't use SEU in conduit underground.

Apparently it isn't explicitly forbidden prior to 2008 NEC, but some inspectors interpret earlier versions of NEC as disallowing SE in conduit underground because SE is not allowed in wet locations and underground is a wet location.

I'll plan to procede on the assumption SEU can't be used whether I'd meet 2005 code or not, I believe my locality is supposed to be on 2008 as of this mnth, I also believe my inspector tends to err on the side of stricter interpretation.

So, I already bought 50' of SEU. Anyone in SE Michigan want to buy it at a discount?
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It was illegal under 2005 but not very clear, in 2008 they put all of the info in one spot, so a lot of people think its new.

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