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  1. Rob Fox
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    Rob Fox New EF Member

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    Hi,

    I have asked an electrician to install electrics in my house's garage. I'm happy with the electrical work he has proposed and quoted for, but I wanted to check his approach to running the cable to the garage.

    A armoured cable will exit the house through the meter cupboard on a side wall, run down the side of the house, and then across the garden to the garage. Most of the trench will be fairly easy to dig - the problem is that there is a brick path running along the side of the house. My electrician recommends taking up the brick path and its concrete base, digging the trench, and then re-laying the path afterwards.

    Is this how all electricians would approach it, or would some electricians have the equipment to tunnel under a narrow (1 metre) path?
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    agree with your electrician. easiest way is as he suggests. tunneling using a mole is not only expensive, but hit and miss. you could end up supplying you neighbour's chicken farm.
     
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  3. Wilko
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    Wilko Electrician's Arms

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    A bit of spade and jackhammer work for a 1m garden path is what I'd be doing. If you internet search on directional drilling and you'll get a flavour of what's involved to bore it.
     
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  4. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    dig it,plant it.fill it. stamp it .job done.
     
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  5. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    If the cable is under slabs, then out doesn't need to be deep imho
     
  6. dinger809
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    I think he is giving you the cheapest and simplest option. It is definitely how I would do it
     
  7. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Electrician's Arms

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    @Rob Fox@Rob Fox I am the electrician doing the work for you. Whats the idea of checking me out on this forum? Don't you trust me???

    Joke!;)
     
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  8. Matthewd29
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    Matthewd29 Regular EF Member

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    If this is true it gave me a good laugh, caught out :blush:
     
  9. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Personally,i would dig two 1m square holes,each side of the path,concrete in two 3.5m poles,and run the cable across a heavy-duty 1m suspension cable.

    I would do this work,while the customer was out...
     
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  10. ipf
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    ipf Forum Mentor

    ........with 3 core flex.
     
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  11. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Of course,and let us not forget,as per 18th,the derating factor,applying the mass of a wet blackbird,every 200mm,(it's four),and the middle two are lower...
     
  12. ipf
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    ipf Forum Mentor

    ....or an old pair of trainers, thrown over...
     
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  13. Dave OCD
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    Dave OCD Forum Mentor

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    I'm sure you could did a small hole either side of the paving slab and beat your way through underneath.
     
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  14. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Pure "Allo Allo"...and i love it :)
     
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  15. Des 56
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    Des 56 Forum Mentor

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    Just make sure your aim is good :)

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