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Old 04-09-2011, 06:04 PM
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Sidewalk therapy

Well I just started a large project for me, since I am working full time. I am using a total of 80 kitchler LED fixtures. But the kicker is the 71 sidewalks I have to go under. I project is 8 different commercial buildings. I started the job this weekend. I am getting fairly good at going under them, as they are not the normal width, they are 54" wide with some that are wider. For the most part this is a simple project other then the sidewalks.

I have been using the long drill bits that you can find in the electrical dept at home depot or lowes. I found they have an extension for them. I did find out they will come apart, the set screws came loose. I will be trying a 10' piece of thread rod tomorrow. I hope to post pictures when it is done.

Oh in case you forgot I have the sweetest FT job in Cary, the project is 2hrs away from home.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:04 PM
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71 sidewalks..... Makes a 20k job jump to 30k real fast

If your using those drill bits I guess your not sleeving? Largest bit system Ive seen has been 1". (as for something sold at lowes)

Take a bunch of pics. Something we dont do on here enough is install/repair pics
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:47 PM
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71 is a ton of labor and time. I'd look for a boring contractor to sub out. Work smarter, not harder.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:46 AM
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I am not sleeving them. I do not think there is no need in sleeving, due to the fact they are only sidewalks. I have gotten fairly fast at doing them.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:29 PM
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I was under the impression under a sidewalk must be in pipe? Maybe its a jersey thing
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:39 PM
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If this was irritation then I would put the sleeves in. But since it is lighting I am not. It only takes a few minutes drilling under the sidewalk. The sidewalk is not going to crush the wire like it would a pipe. The only bad part about going under is having to dig out and deep enough, before I can drill under the walk.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:37 PM
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I was under the impression under a sidewalk must be in pipe? Maybe its a jersey thing
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Under a sidewalk only needs to be 6" under top surface, no pipe or conduit required.

See Wire Burial Depth Codes.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:58 PM
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Sleepy, we love pics of this project. Even if they come from a cell phone.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:11 PM
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They are on my phone. I have not put on my computer yet. All the wire will be in beds no grass on this one. Mark
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:21 PM
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Under a sidewalk only needs to be 6" under top surface, no pipe or conduit required.

See Wire Burial Depth Codes.
Steve,
I read your link to the burial depths. First, as a newcomer, I didn't know it was code to bury 6" deep. I thought 6" depth was merely a good practice.

Second, do you know why the code calls for 18" under a residential driveway?
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