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11-02-2008, 03:12 PM
Next to my loafing shed there is water for my horses and electrical to the barn. When I was digging in an area close by I found that the water line and electricial are within about 6" of each other. The electrical isn't even in pipe just gray 14/2. Is it ok like that?


11-02-2008, 04:14 PM
I do not know about the 6" separation or how deep things should be, but the grey wire is likely "UF" for "underground feed" and is meant to be buried without conduit. Also, it is probably actually 14-2 w/ground UF. If you might take a look at either termination point, you should be able to see it is similar to Romex but with the ground wire actually molded-in between the black and white wires rather than simply laying between them with everything sharing a single wrapper.

Southern Man
11-02-2008, 05:23 PM
Cable rated for underground looks like standard romex on the outside, except for the color, but inside there is no paper filler or voids. If you can't read the labeling you can easily tell the difference, because the cover insulation should completely fill the spaces between the wires and ground.