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Re: [Shop-talk] direct burial Cat 5

To: Dave Cavanaugh <>, shop Talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] direct burial Cat 5
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:01:01 -0800
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If I did it, I'd run it in PVC conduit.  1/2" conduit is cheap and may 
even offset the extra cost of direct burial cable.  I'd be concerned 
about a rock or rodent damaging the cable over time.  If you are doing 
any future digging, the conduit will also prevent a single push of the 
shovel from cutting the cable.

There are narrow trenching shovels that make trenches easier than a 
standard shovel.


On 11/16/2014 12:43 PM, Dave Cavanaugh wrote:
> I have been fighting with getting Wifi out to my shop building for 
> years.  It's about 100 feet from the main house, and it's a metal pole 
> barn so I have to have the Wifi receiver in a window.  I am about 
> ready to run a hard wire out to the building and was wondering if 
> anyone had any experience with direct burial CAT 5 or 6 wire.  I would 
> probably run it in a shallow trench and the total run including 
> snaking it around the house and out to the shop would probably be 
> about 150 feet at the most.  I would probably just jam in into a 
> shallow slot in the dirt cut with a shovel or spade.
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