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Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

Posted by pbx2 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 14, 13 at 18:54

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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RE: Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

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).


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RE: Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

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?


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RE: Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

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.


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RE: Looking to Plant around Lamp Post?

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?


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