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Well since it is conduit the whole way then why not use the old wire to pull through the new wire and save a step? Ditto on the wire pulling lube. It is cheap and works incredibly well..
There is a big risk the old wires are "welded" in at some points, which even if I could break, may leave sharp points which could damage new wire. Also, i'm not 100% sure these isn't some break in the line somewhere I haven't dug up yet, and its got an awkward angle at the end. So rather than investing in a puller, etc., and a days worth of effort pulling for something that may or may not be worth it (maybe 50/50 shot?). I'm gonna go with a sure thing and rent a trencher for a day and put in the new line. I'll feel a bit better about it knowing everything is complete and clean, even if it costs a couple extra bucks.
 

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smart, more should be like you :thumbup:
 

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smart, more should be like you :thumbup:
Andrew, you might know...any risk using PVC to replace the old EMT? for about 20 feet the pipe will run right next to the KoolDeck about 2 feet from the water. Its probably fine and i'm just being paranoid, but there wouldnt' be any electrical risk that close to the water with the PVC is there? at least not anymore than I had with the metal conduit.....
 

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If you're going to run new, I'd suggest you try and pull out the old wires anyway, recycle that scrap wire and at least get some money for it. If it breaks, just pull out whatever you can, 120' is a decent length and if you can get all the conductors out you could offset the cost of installing the new stuff.
 

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There is a big risk the old wires are "welded" in at some points, which even if I could break, may leave sharp points which could damage new wire. Also, i'm not 100% sure these isn't some break in the line somewhere I haven't dug up yet, and its got an awkward angle at the end. So rather than investing in a puller, etc., and a days worth of effort pulling for something that may or may not be worth it (maybe 50/50 shot?). I'm gonna go with a sure thing and rent a trencher for a day and put in the new line. I'll feel a bit better about it knowing everything is complete and clean, even if it costs a couple extra bucks.
OK your call. Its odd though if you are willing to just dig a 120' trench, install new conduit, back fill, clean up and landscape (in 115 degree weather) why you wouldn't at least trying pulling one of the wires from the old conduit first. Doesn't seem much downside giving it a go. If it won't budge, oh well, start digging.
 
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