Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

pbx2_gwJuly 14, 2013

We are looking to plant some greenery around our lamp post. 2-3 feet in diameter @ most.

Worried that just digging may not be a good idea.

Remembered that there was a trench dug to the post during our build . Believe the Nomex or whatever wire they put down was at least 12 inches or more below ground.
But otherwise, can't recall anything else about the wiring.

Should we have it marked by the local utility or can we dig safely without too much worry?

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Ron Natalie

It was most likely UF and is at least 12" (if protected by GFCI or 18" otherwise). The word you are looking for by the way is "ROMEX" a brand (and commonly used synonym" for NM cable which is NOT legal here.

If you're digging by hand, just be careful. Anything above 12" should be protected by conduit (or the extended length of the lamp post).

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 8:42AM
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pbx2_gw

Posted by ronnatalie (My Page) on Mon, Jul 15, 13 at 8:42
If you're digging by hand, just be careful. Anything above 12" should be protected by conduit (or the extended length of the lamp post).

We are digging by hand.
The potted ball portion of the plants/flowers are about 8-9 inches.

So are you okaying the dig for anything above 12"?

Or should I just nix the idea altogether?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 3:36PM
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btharmy

You know the trench location from the house to the pole. If you are not sure about depth, simply don't plant anything directly above the trench.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 4:11PM
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hexus

you've already placed a planter and planted shrubs over the trench from the looks of it.
Why all the sudden now are you worried that you're going to hit the cable?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:28PM
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