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Re: [Shop-talk] direct burial Cat 5

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] direct burial Cat 5
From: Trevor Boicey <>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:03:57 -0500
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I ran plain old CAT5 outside for years. My plan was "throw it on the 
bare ground, replace when it stops working".

Has not stopped working yet.

It's not a safety hazard if it shorts out so not a lot to lose.

(Unless you need to be able to call 911 using VOIP when you are pinned 
under failed jackstands)

On 16/11/2014 5:01 PM, Brian Kemp wrote:
> 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.
> Brian
> 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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