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Jimbo31

09:30AM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
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My home has no outdoor power outlets at this time. I want to run underground electricity to my boat dock for lighting and marine battery charging. Is this something a novice (with some help!) can do? I do not want to run extenion cords to the dock. I want light switches.I already have an underground 2 inch plastic hose running from my house to the lake. I would like to run the power line inside PVC pipe through this hose. I also want to run a seperate PVC pipe through the same hose for water. It is roughly 100 feet from my house to the dock. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have searched for hours on the internet and found little useful information. Thanks in advance for any help.

k2

12:59PM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Jimbo,

I'm not an electrician but I have to say... that, reading your description of what needs to be done, it doesn't exactly pass the "smell test" of a DIY project to me.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Joe Tedesco

03:25PM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 07/27/02
141 lifetime posts
Please take this advice and stop what you are doing and call the local electrical inspector, and think about hiring a licensed electrician!

Post this question here too to see what others say from the industry:

www.joetedesco.com/nec


k2

05:22PM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Thanks Joe for that post!

Jimbo, that advice (from Joe) is simply the best you'll find anywhere.

I encourage you to post to Joe's BBS as well. Joe is a former moderator of our Electrical forum. He is a top authority on the National Electrical Code.

When you visit his site, you'll find professional electricians discussing many issues--including some of the worst violations around. We don't wish to see your project listed there!

Thanks again for your input, Mr. Tedesco!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Jimbo31

07:55AM | 10/19/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
2 lifetime posts
Hi guys,

I truly appreciate your input. I am hanging up my plans to do it myself. I am in the process of contacting local electricians for estimates. Thanks again, you may have prevented someting really bad from happening.

Jimbo

k2

02:18PM | 10/19/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there Jimbo,

You're welcome, and thanks for the good word.

I appreciate your willingness to go along; I am sometimes too hard-core a DIY'er myself. But as I've said before on these boards:

A sign of "MATURITY" is KNOWING WHEN TO CALL IN A PRO!

By the way, Joe did post your original question to his BBS. I haven't been on there in a few hours, but it'll be interesting to see the feedback from the pros.

See you on another post, and thanks again for making the decision you did!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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