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Offline Cheese

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Re: Barn makeover
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2018, 12:34 AM »
It works well to keep moisture out of burial cables, but it really makes a huge mess with everything it touches.  We often had to just throw away our contaminated clothing because the stuff didn't want to come out.   [bite tongue]

Thanks for that. 🙏
Well then my question becomes, if you were running cable to your own homestead, would you use the silicone filled stuff or not?

And if not, what would be the options you'd be comfortable with?

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Barn makeover
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2018, 10:36 AM »
It works well to keep moisture out of burial cables, but it really makes a huge mess with everything it touches.  We often had to just throw away our contaminated clothing because the stuff didn't want to come out.   [bite tongue]

Thanks for that. 🙏
Well then my question becomes, if you were running cable to your own homestead, would you use the silicone filled stuff or not?

And if not, what would be the options you'd be comfortable with?

Direct burial cable (Type UF) doesn't have the silicone fill.  It's nonetheless a real booger to work with, but I've never had it leak unless there was an immediate cause, like a nick by someone digging in the vicinity.  I've come to like liquidtight conduit (Type LFMC) with a pull string, provided someone doesn't inadvertently pull out the pull string. 
- Willy -

 "Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up." - Brigham Young

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Barn makeover
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2018, 11:57 AM »
When I did my shop I wanted a low voltage run and some room for growth. After hearing what I wanted, my electrician told me what kind of pvc conduit to buy and he gave me a bunch of pull string. I glued the conduit together and ran the pull string through it as I went. All the electrician had to do was kick it into the trench and add the fittings to bring the two new pvc conduits up into place. He properly buried the voltage conduits to comply with code and then to also give enough room between the low voltage extra conduits and the voltage wires before I topped off the trench. It cost me almost nothing more than the parts. I have used those conduits twice in the last ten years. Just don’t forget to run a new pull cord when you use the existing one to pull a new wire.