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Old 06-13-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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I was hoping somebody might give me an idea how to handle this problem.....I have two 12-2 wires that leave my basement through a conduit that supplies electric to my garage. When we get very heavy downpours, the conduit discharges water into my basement. The conduit runs approximately 30" under my paved driveway to the garage. Any ideas on fixes? I would ideally like to not dig up my paved driveway.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Pump a lot of weatherproof caulking into the conduit, that should keep the water from entering your house.
Underground type UF cable is probably what you have and it is made to work submerged.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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I just looked...it is UL approved. It looks like somebody may have done that once before. There is a bunch of old dry caulk at the end of it. Thanks for the advice. I will take out the old stuff and pump it with waterproof silicone or something similar. Thanks again!
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:48 PM
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I just looked...it is UL approved. It looks like somebody may have done that once before. There is a bunch of old dry caulk at the end of it. Thanks for the advice. I will take out the old stuff and pump it with waterproof silicone or something similar. Thanks again!
Not UL... UF cable which is usually gray and made for direct burial. You should be able to see UF imprinted on the cable. If it is printed NM cable, which I doubt that would be Romex cable not suitable to be submerged. But that would be another problem.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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Not UL... UF cable which is usually gray and made for direct burial. You should be able to see UF imprinted on the cable. If it is printed NM cable, which I doubt that would be Romex cable not suitable to be submerged. But that would be another problem.
But figure out what is in the conduit before you seal it. You can likely pull a proper cable if it is the wrong stuff.
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