Under Ground

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Under Ground Construction

Underground cables are pulled in conduit that is buried underground, usually 1-1.2 meters (3-4 feet) deep to reduce the likelihood of accidentally being dug up. In extreme cold climates, cables may need to be buried at greater depths where there temperatures are colder and frost penetrates to greater depths. The process usually begins with digging a trench to bury the conduit which is generally PVC plastic pipe, sometimes with pre-installed innerduct (also called duct liner) with a pulling tape to facilitate the actual cable pulling process. Directional boring can also be used to avoid digging up the surface, for example in crossing streets or sidewalks.
The guide outlines best practices for cable placement in conduit, innerduct, handholes, and manhole structures and is intended for use by personnel with prior experience in planning, engineering, or placement of underground cable.