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Underground Wire to a Shed Panel

I had some 8-3 UFB with ground cable buried in my yard I want to re use it as the feeder for sub panel in a shed.

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Electrical Question: I had some cable buried in my yard, I want to re use it  for a sub panel in a shed.

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Ben asks:
I had some 8 3 UF B with ground cable buried in my yard which I just pulled up.
I want to re use it as the feeder for a 50amp sub panel in a shed.
My concern is that in some areas the ground wire looks to have been, what looks like, deliberately pulled through the outer sheathing in small loops (maybe 1 8 1 4 of an inch long).
These only appear in the area near the old disconnect it was hooked up to.
Is this still safe to use or do I need to replace the whole run?

I am planning to put it in PVC conduit in the new project.

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