Terminating wiring...

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Old 07-26-20, 04:34 PM
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Terminating wiring...

Hi Folks,
So I am selling my house and there is abandoned wiring outside near the A/C, I am assuming it is from an old A/C and not cleaned up, anyway as you see it is buried, and I have tested it is not live. Inspector says it needs to be terminated, whats the best way to do that?
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Old 07-26-20, 04:49 PM
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If it is really unused, find both ends and cut the cable off so nobody can energize it and abandon it in place.

Otherwise, if you can't find the other end then put it in a junction box for the location it is in, (it appears to be outside so you would need an outdoor box) and cap the wires with wire nuts. You might also have to sleeve the cable with some PVC conduit to protect it.
 
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Old 07-27-20, 04:20 AM
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Not needed but I always put a note with dead wiring to say it id dead and if I know where it goes to tell where the other end is.
 
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Old 07-27-20, 09:25 AM
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What is the best way to find the other end?
 
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Old 07-27-20, 10:50 AM
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Look near your panel, I bet you'll see a cable that looks similar. It's unlikely you have another UF cable of that size.

To appease the inspector (and new buyer), I would Tolyn mentioned and properly 'terminate' it in a weatherproof box with a cover on it. It will be easier to take a picture and prove it was done correctly as opposed to explaining that you cut it underground and cut the other end. While it's code-compliant, it's easier to show a pretty new $7 box all nicely terminated.
 
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Old 07-30-20, 11:49 AM
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OK, one last question... about the conduit, would that go into the ground, at the cable?, do I need to bury the conduit, or just take it from the ground?
( I have had a look at the panel and not seen anything matching this, but I will break out the line finder as soon as I get a rain break )
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Old 07-30-20, 12:05 PM
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If you can keep that cable against the house..... it should be considered protected.
If you want to add a small stub of PVC.... it would go from the box just to the ground.

The idea is to keep the cable protected from something like a weed wacker.
 
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Old 07-30-20, 09:13 PM
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Here's the final bit... should be good. Did find the other end in my detached garage, definitely abandoned.


 
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Old 07-31-20, 05:51 AM
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Hi, sure would have looked better with a short piece of conduit, and the cable brought under and up behind that other piece of conduit.
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Old 07-31-20, 07:37 AM
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The cable needs to be clamped at the box or fastened to the wall within 12in of the entry into the conduit.
 
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Old 07-31-20, 07:38 AM
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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Halex-3-...0662/100131217

This is correct type of connector, although it probably doesn't really matter in your case since it is a dead cable.
 
 

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