I'd like to run electricity and water out to my backyard pond. Does anyone
have any feedback on proper/safer methods/rules for digging a trench to do
Call your locating service, then dig carefully w
Plastic pipe, PVC minimum of 12 inches as long as your in the yard not the
Rigid threaded pipe, minimum of 6 inches. should be wrapped for corrosion
10 years ago, when we put in a lily pool, I ran "direct burial" wire about 8
" deep. I just cut a slit in the yard with a trenching shovel & forced the
wire into the slit. Having said that, I also live outside the city limits &
there is no wiring code to worry about. I've not had any problems with the
wire. I also put a GFI outlet on it at the pool.
If you had placed it four inches deeper and installed the GFCI at the
house end of the circuit you would have had a safer and NEC compliant
You may think you have no electrical code at your location but what is
more likely is that you have no effective enforcement. Many rural areas
are covered by a state wide adoption of the NEC. The regulations of the
State's public service commission or equivalent body may require NEC
You might also want to take a careful look at your homeowners insurance
policy as you may well find that it requires you to follow the US NEC.
Since an insurance contract is a "contract of utmost good faith" the
policy does not cover anything that results from your disobedience of
the law or of a clause of the contract.
What is more important to most applications of the code is to understand
the limitations that are inherent in such a regulatory document. The
language of the first universal article of the code is fairly clear
about the purpose of the code.
ARTICLE 90 Introduction
(A) Practical Safeguarding. The purpose of this Code is the practical
safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use
(B) Adequacy. This Code contains provisions that are considered
necessary for safety. Compliance therewith and proper maintenance will
result in an installation that is essentially free from hazard but not
necessarily efficient, convenient, or adequate for good service or
future expansion of electrical use.
FPN: Hazards often occur because of overloading of wiring systems by
methods or usage not in conformity with this Code. This occurs because
initial wiring did not provide for increases in the use of electricity.
An initial adequate installation and reasonable provisions for system
changes will provide for future increases in the use of electricity.
(C) Intention. This Code is not intended as a design specification or an
instruction manual for untrained persons.
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