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Re: Water Well pump/wire problem

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02-16-2013 06:16:46

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John, if you lived where frost is a problem, I'd say the problem was caused by earth movement. But since you're down south, I'd guess you have critter problems. A foot deep is barely enough to avoid gophers, moles and ground squirrels; if there's a spot where the cable is a bit shallow then it would be vulnerable. Bury it deeper and you should be OK. You also want to make sure there are no rocks in the trench. Even if you don't have frost, vehicles driving over the cable can cause problems if the cable is in contact with a rock.

I don't believe you can use Romex underground even if it's in conduit. It's still a "wet" location, since any water that gets into the conduit won't be coming out. I sure wouldn't skimp on something I have to trench in.

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02-16-2013 06:58:32

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 Re: Water Well pump/wire problem in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-16-2013 06:16:46  
Thanks Mark

Called the orange box store and they have a 6in wide by 36in deep trencher for $150 a day that comes on its own trailer. That ought to get me down deep enough.

Looks like I have a busy weekend ahead. Better get after it.

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02-16-2013 07:10:59

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 Re: Water Well pump/wire problem in reply to John in la, 02-16-2013 06:58:32  
Hi John,

I've used one of those smaller Ditch Witch trenchers, and they'll get the job done. But it will be a workout to trench 250 feet of wet clay, especially if you have any tree roots to deal with. (I'm assuming that in LA, wet is the only variety of clay you have.) I see that the nice man in the picture happens to be trenching in dry sand; you may not have the same expression on your face when you're behind that trencher. Make sure they show you how to engage the differential lock. Also, I happened to notice that our local HD had the chain backwards on one of its trenchers, which I'm sure made for great fun for the next guy to rent it!

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