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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:45 PM   #1
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i need to run 100 amp service to my garage which is aproximatly 100 feet under ground. my question is can i use aluminum wire "2-2-2-4 AL SEU" wire and run it in 1.5 inch plastic conduit out there i talked to a few people and they werent sure. i would run copper but to do that im looking at about 450-500 bucks and to run the 2-2-2-4 al its only like 150.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:46 PM   #2
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why is this even a question
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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #3
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im assuming its a question becuase he A) Doesn't Know. B) Wants to spend less money if he can. C) Wants to make sure its safe to do so before he does anything.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:50 PM   #5
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sure ya can.

don't put conduit in the ground. Run a 1" pvc chase for futures, and buy direct burial alum. Its like .07 more a foot.

1.5 pvc isn't cheap right now
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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:53 PM   #6
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sure ya can.

don't put conduit in the ground. Run a 1" pvc chase for futures, and buy direct burial alum. Its like .07 more a foot.

1.5 pvc isn't cheap right now

this 2-2-2-4 wire is like a 1.60 a foot i thought that was pretty cheap and 1.5 conduit would only cost me like 50 bucks


is the direct burial aluminum wire 4 wires like what im looking at??

i have no idea what im doing but im having a electrician inspect this before it gets turned on, so im trying to save money and do it correctly thats why the question is here.
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It doesn't matter for inspection, direct burial and pvc has to be the same depth. Especially if its going under a driveway.

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Old January 8th, 2007, 05:08 PM   #8
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He said it was 100' under ground :tonka: Do the direct burial you will be better off in the end. All you have to do is stub up at each end
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I hate alum! I would however, direct bury it.

We saved $500,000 on the JW marriot hotel by using alum feeders.

I think we are going to loose $1,000,000 on labor trying to pull that horrible shit through a pipe.
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why are you building a garage 100 feet in the ground
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I hate alum! I would however, direct bury it.

We saved $500,000 on the JW marriot hotel by using alum feeders.

I think we are going to loose $1,000,000 on labor trying to pull that horrible shit through a pipe.

so can i direct burry that shit from HD or is it junk
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huh?

Direct burial cable is direct burial cable.
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Aluminum wire because of its properties expands and contracts a lot more than copper, only thing you have to worry with aluminum is the proper torque because of the expanding and contracting
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:tonka::tonka::tonka::tonka::tonka: you said expand and contract :tonka::tonka::tonka:
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Direct burial cable is direct burial cable.
thats what im asking it doesnt say whether or not its direct burial.
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Aluminum wire because of its properties expands and contracts a lot more than copper, only thing you have to worry with aluminum is the proper torque because of the expanding and contracting

i was told that also from a guy he also stated to use that grease on all the fittings because of this.
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how did you dig 100' down without it filling with water?
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i was told that also from a guy he also stated to use that grease on all the fittings because of this.
you use NOLOX or something equivalent to it. It keeps the corrosion to a minimum.
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