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    Middle Buster

    Will a middle Buster work to bury an electric line. I need to make about a 150' run.
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    The first question you need to answer is how deep you need to bury the line to meet code. This will depend on where you live and what kind of electric line you want to bury. I vaguely recall that it's 24 inches for 120 volt lines where I live, but that could vary depending on the voltage of the line, whether or not it's in conduit, etc, etc. Doing this research is the first step. If the line is low voltage (telephone line, security system, irrigation control), it is likely much less or not even a code requirement. You also have to ask yourself if you want to risk hitting the line when working on your property.

    After you know how deep, the second question is easier: Will the middle buster give you a nice trench that deep?
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    Bury the line

    I had to meet code, which meant 27" below the TOP of the conduit that had the wire inside. Check local codes. My middle buster wouldn't do it because
    A. It wouldn't go that deep and
    B. It wouldn't leave an open ditch for the inspector prior to putting the wire in the ditch.
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    I used mine for that purpose, and it worked as I expected. Just plan on having to clean out the furrow with a hoe or shovel before laying the line. Depending on code, the burial depth for the various types of wire varies. I had to go 18" using PVC conduit, which was as deep as I could go with the implement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    I used mine for that purpose, and it worked as I expected. Just plan on having to clean out the furrow with a hoe or shovel before laying the line. Depending on code, the burial depth for the various types of wire varies. I had to go 18" using PVC conduit, which was as deep as I could go with the implement.
    Thank you all. It's for power to the boat dock and it'll be 110. I'll rent a trencher to get it down to code.
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    According to my code book, if your cover over the line is general (dirt, gravel), your depths are (may be superseded by local/state):

    Cable only, no conduit - 24 inches
    Rigid Metal conduit - 6 inches
    PVC Conduit - 18 inches
    GFCI protected <20 AMP - 12 inches
    Low Voltage <30v - 6 inches

    IN ALL CASES, you must lay down a warning ribbon 12 inches above the wire/conduit unless the depth is less than 18 inches, then the ribbon must be at the halfway point between the wire and grade.
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    In most cases a subsoiler will work best for burying an electric line. It only makes a small slit in the earth and goes much deeper than a middle buster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    In most cases a subsoiler will work best for burying an electric line. It only makes a small slit in the earth and goes much deeper than a middle buster.

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    I agree with jgayman, a subsoiler would do a much better job. But if you need to go that deep and you are going to rent a ditcher I'd sleeve it as apposed to just burying wire.
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