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How large is this cable? diameter?
Do not know of any electrical cables for underground that are white, sounds like a phone cable, but more info wil help
If you can take a quick picture, send it to yourself in email, the get it on your PC, you can post it here easily off the PC
OK it is just like a cable wire
let me take a picture
Looks like we lost you. Just post when you return, it will notify me to check the post.
ok I sent it through email
can you post it here? Not sure where you sent it or how long it will take for me to get it
did you see it
sorry, nothing here
I sent it in the other email
How can i post it here
The email I received earlier
Ok, not sure where that goes, so it could take a long time to ever get to an expert
from just answer
Use the paper clip icon, can you see it?
I send one picture
did you click the paper clip?
did you see it?
loading now hold on
i see them, give me a second to evaluate them
it was buried very shallow
Is it the left or right white item? I cannot see them clearly enough?
click the image I posted
Is the cable round?
yes it has 2 white cables
and one was accidentally cut
but both cables are round?
can you look at the cut end that is open now? see what you see inside?
you marked it right
are they both round?
can you see the other cable
it has 2 cables
give me one second
I see 2 white items running next to each other yes.
look at the end of the one you cut.
seems like it is not an electric wire.
if they are round, it is probably coax cable for satellite or cable
The one that's broken has a metal wire inside. The other one seems identical.
can you describe the metal wire? does it look like it has an outer braided metal covering?
with a copper wire inside the center?
ok let me send this picture to you
ok that is the inside of the broken cable
that looks like the one I posted doesnt it?
when was the home built?
yea, that looks like an old coax cable to me in the picture
is it right next to the home?
yes at the fence
does it affect my cable?
my cable is working
I have my internet, cable and power
that is why I think it is leftover, maybe thrown in the ground during construction possibly
See it often, electricians, cable etc thrown outside and landscaped over with dirt
especially at 3" deep
try to pull it, it may pull right out of the ground
yes but it has 2 cables parallel to each other
but both are round, correct?
ok, it isnt power
I am thinking if it is an electrical it must be buried a little bit deeper than 3 inches deep
did someone have a dish in the yard at some point maybe?
electrical is supposed to be18- 24" deep
and it isnt round
it is flat
yes actually the fence is close to old dish
The previous owner has a dish network
that may have been the coax from an old dish possibly. I would pull on it myself.
probably pull right up
I am scared I thought it is an electric wire
if you have cable, then there should not be an issue, but the cable would have to go somewhere and if there is nothing in the yard, well, must be obsolete
electric cables are flat
My main concern is 3 inches is too shallow for electrical wire . But I think you are right
yes, way too shallow for electric. even if it were for low voltage lights, it would be flat cables, not round
ok so is that the standard for electrical cables that it should be flat?
standard voltage and 12 volts are flat
ok so I have nothing to worry then.
I think you are fine
at 3" tug it out of the ground and see how far it pulls up.
I always do that out of curiosity,lol
yes because when I am digging for my plants I can feel that I can pull it off from the ground
pull it up
so I stop
yea, probably an old dish cable or still could be some scrap pieces, never know
Ok does it has 2 cable parallel to each other?
But they are both round, dishes can have up to 4 cables , mine has 3
2 streams and one for the HD satallite
but the main thing is it is both round so we are positive that it is not electrical cable.
my cable is working properly
does it affect later on incase that is my cable?
If it was electrical, it would have several wires on the inside of it and each one would have its own insulation and the cable would be flat
If it went to yours, it would be out now.
is your power company over head attaching to the house?
no because I don't see a wire. I think it is all buried underground
The house was built 2006
ok, some areas are overhead and some underground
I was just going to have you look for the cable company post somewhere on that side
but here in our subdivision is overhead
look at the side of the house where the electrical cable comes from the street, you will probably see a phone cable, and cable company cable also attaching to the house.
yes it is
all your utilities are overhead, so someone had a dish in the yard most likely
All my utilities cable are close to that area
and its not overhead
it is underground
ok, if iot was yours and operating, you would not have anything right now. It would also have been deep in the ground, not 3" deep
But I think you answer my question
Only satellite dishes put the cable right at the ground level
Ok thank you
you are welcome, glad to help out. Best to be safe, thanks