Trenching for power and data

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Negativity Scene, Aug 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM.

  1. Negativity Scene

    Negativity Scene

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    Hey all...thanks in advance!

    I recently renovated a barn on my property into an apartment for my mother-in-law, who lost her home in a fire.

    The barn runs on 100 amp service from my house...140 feet away, and is buried 6 inches deep, not in conduit. September, I will be trenching down 24 inches to run a new line, in PVC conduit.

    While I am there, I want to add cable (RG6) and data (CAT 6) and possibly phone wires to the barn.

    I "know" I shouldn't but data and power lines in the same conduit, but is there a minimum distance they should be separated by?
    Can I just put 2 conduits on top of each other?
    Is it OK to direct bury the RG6 and data on top of the conduit, assuming I use the correct wire?
    Negativity Scene, Aug 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM
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    Unless required by a local ordnance there is no requirement for separation if they are in separated raceways. A lot of people reference 12” but that is from the utilities code and not applicable to your situation. With digital circuits in interference is not as big a deal in residential use. If some distance can be left 6” -12” it is a good piece of mind insurance.
    Herrick, Aug 11, 2018 at 2:34 PM
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