06-06-2012 03:03 PM
Here's a question that Michael left for us on the Apron Blog:
"Can anybody advise on running coaxial cable in dirt around exterior of house-- the benefits of enclosing in pvc conduit and proper depth, etc.?"
I'm glad Michael asked. I've run coaxial cable a few feet along the side of my house, and I was too lazy to consider running it in conduit of some kind and burying it. Is this something that Michael and I should do?
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06-11-2012 01:26 PM - edited 06-11-2012 01:27 PM
It's a good question that Michael asked regarding his coaxial cable. The good news is that you DO NOT have to use conduit to bury your coaxial cable as long as it is exterior rated.
Where it is important is going to be making sure that the cable is rated for exterior and burial grade use by seeing if it has a ground wire and exterior F-connections on the cable. One we sell in our store by GE, is shown and linked below...
Anytime you are running any low voltage cables anywhere, giving the wire the least resistance is crucial, and this means not running it into conduit or giving it acute turns, as it can interfere with the signal.
In terms of depth, you'd need to check with your cable provider, since most brands can vary their burial depths. Most I have ever encountered go no deeper than 18".
Lastly, if you run into having to connect any coaxial cables underground, consider using a kit that has heat shrink tubing that will ensure no water or moisture gets into the connections, disrupting your signal.
If you are running into a short line outside the house, such as Craig's situation, I'd recommend to at least fasten or secure the cable along the exterior wall without having to bury it, if it can be avoided.
Hope this helps you out,
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