Identifying Direct Burial Telephone Cable
Direct Burial Telephone Cable: This type of cable is a commonly installed and used for telephone service in areas such as yours. The wire is buried at least 18″ underground with out any conduit pipe.
Direct Burial Telephone Cable – aka Gopher Resistant Cable
Electrical Question I recently found some wire on my property that came out of the ground near a utility pole.
- The pole is a drop for my well. The wire has a black sheath with 10 conductors that are approximately 16-20 gauge.
- The wire is buried at least 18″ underground with out any conduit pipe.
- What could the wire be used for possibly? the wire is not hot so at least the previous owner was kind enough to kill the power to it.
This electrical wiring question came from: Kevin Collins, a Homeowner from Ramona, CA., San Diego County.
Additional Comments: website is very informational and greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Kevin.
Direct Burial Telephone Cable
- You have discovered a direct burial telephone cable.
- This type of cable is a commonly installed and used for telephone service in areas such as yours.
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