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.
> 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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