This home has a PVC pipe running from outside the garage, to a pool+spa setup. The electrical circuit seems to be carrying 240V/60A – (primarily for the water heater). It runs on the ground beside a concrete slab for about 20feet and then it runs along the fence for 100 ft, ON the ground all the way.
<BREAKER OUTSIDE GARAGE> ----125ft long pvc --------<SUBPANEL NEAR POOL>
It sure is unsafe as PVC can break when a lawn mower goes over it and the wires get exposed.
Can junction boxes be used in this circuit? If yes, the easiest DIY fix seems to be
– breakers off
– cut the pipe, cut the wires and make junction boxes,
– dig 6" deep trenches, put new wires and connect those to the junction boxes.
<BREAKER> ---good/safe section----junctionbox---6" conduit underground -----junction box-----<BREAKER>
That way, the electrical circuit itself does not have to be done from scratch. I am told by someone that an electrician would have to disconnect the entire electrical circuit, including all breakers, lay out new pipes with PVC 2" underground, new cable and reconnect the breakers/subpanel etc.
- Can you have junction boxes in this circuit?
- Can you run a metal conduit mounted in the fence?
- Can you run a metal conduit on concrete posts to keep it above the ground?
[EDIT/ADD] – The markings on the pipe indicate: Ridgeline SCH 80 Rigid PVC Conduit Max 90 C Wire NEMA TC2 Sunlight Resistant NSF NRTL UL 651"