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Old 04-29-2010, 02:43 AM   #1
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Removing Tree Lights


I have a couple trees that the previous owner put lights on. There is a switch in the garage and the line goes underground and then up a couple trees to a light fixture.

One of these trees needs to be removed. It is actually a big split tree and there is a big crack going down the middle. We ought to remove it (them) before they fall. What do I do with the power line coming up from the ground?
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:12 AM   #2
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Technically, you are not supposed to mount lighting on trees, but that is not the issue. Disconnect the wire at the switch.
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If the cable if UF dig it out of the ground and pull back 10 feet. The set a GFCI in a Bell (weatherproof) box. Then you have a convenience outlet for landscape lighting or to plug in lawn equipment.
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Technically, you are not supposed to mount lighting on trees, but that is not the issue. Disconnect the wire at the switch.

Says who?

Not the NEC. In fact, it says the opposite.
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I thought they did away with it too....but

Quote:
410.36 Means of Support.
(G) Trees. Outdoor luminaires and associated equipment shall be permitted to be supported by trees.


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Old 04-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #6
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I have see them { luminaires } mounted on the trees however they leave a slack due the trees will grow over the time and if not addressed the tree growth will cover up everything up if not watched in few years.

And yeah the codes still allowed to mount on the tree I know some peoples think it is nuts but for myself I thread this part very carefull if slow growth tree it is not too bad but fast growth tree forget it.

Merci,Marc
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