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Crossing The Driveway

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I am sure we have some people out there with some great ideas on keeping wires safe.

 

I moved my display to a whole new location this year and it is causing me to cross the driveway in several places.  There is a main spot coming off the road and a circle drive in front of the house. Then a Y that goes around back.  I need to cross wires over each of these location.

 

I had thought about splitting some 3" or 4" PVC pipe and anchor it on both ends.

 

How are other people handling this?

 

Thank You

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I don't think PVC pipe would handle the traffic by itself- especially if you are in a cold area.   Think about 1" PVC (for weather protection) with a 2X4(laid flat) on either side of the PVC for crush protection. 

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I had thought about building a "Speed Bump" out of 2x4's in an U type pattern.

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==0==  type of thing.  But I think the 2x4 and 1" PVC would work well.  /=O=\  Maybe a bevel off the edges to make it a little easier on the cars.

 

I had thought about the arch up and over. I am not sure I have time to build all of that.  I would have to make 4 of them.

 

thanks for the ideas.

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2x4's is how I do it. I am an electrical contractor and I do it all the time in job sites. I you use long enough 2x4's to go across the driveway, you can anchor them with stakes and not harm the driveway. 2x4 protection is pretty effective for temp power at construction sites.
Hope that makes sense.

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If you go the 2X4 (or 2X3) route- you might want to add a couple cross braces just to keep the 2 X's from separating.  Don't need any thing fancy, maybe just a couple squares of 3/8 plywood every 1/3 of the span.

 

Good luck, 

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If you are real ambitious you can tunnel under a driveway easily with a hose and PVC pipe.  Lowe's sell a special adapter to glue onto PVC that you use to basically erode dirt away under the driveway.  I've done it to install sprinkler systems, drainage pipe, and outdoor lighting and it only take about 30 minutes.   I'm not a pro so anybody can do it. Then just run your cables through the PVC. But that may be more work that you want to do.  It is a permanent solution though and invisible.  I just leave the lines in the ground year round and plug into them each fall.

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Junkie,  I had thought about that.. I have seen videos on people using water pressure to dig out the trench .. Just not enough time to get it done this year.

I think I am going with the 2x4 and the plywood cross over.  Sounds fairly simple and inexpensive...

 

Time for a run to the sawmill.

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Narrow sheets of plywood. 1X3 or 4 scrap pine and cut up an old spare tire. Attach the 1X4 to the plywood leaving a gap of say 2 or 3". Lay your cable into the space and screw the tire pieces down on the 1X4's. I did this years ago for another project. Worked great. I think putting a notch down a 2X4 and securing each end might work as well. 

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I'm actually using 1/2" EMT conduit to cross my driveway.  Granted not a lot of traffic except for us but it works well.  This will be the 3rd year now.  I keep it a temp fashion so when the shows are done I can pick it up and move it.

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Or--you could just buy cord and cable protective ramps.Search the web under that term or electrical supplies. I have bought four from an on-line seller.
Love the idea but my solution was a fraction of the cost of one of those. That and my budget was blown so I had to go on the cheap and since it has been working I left it alone. Maybe next year I can do one of these Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2

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Or--you could just buy cord and cable protective ramps.Search the web under that term or electrical supplies. I have bought four from an on-line seller.

Grainger sells cable protective ramps........ they are really nice

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