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Sidewalk therapy

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mark B, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,019

    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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  2. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    71 sidewalks..... Makes a 20k job jump to 30k real fast :laugh:

    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
     
  3. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  4. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  5. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  6. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  7. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
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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.
     
  8. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sleepy, we love pics of this project. Even if they come from a cell phone.
     
  9. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  10. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    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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