I suppose the question would be, even if you are not required to obtain a permit or inspection, would you still be required to comply with minimum NEC requirements?...do you bury conduit (PVC) when there is not gonna be a permit/inspection? Ex: feeding a small sub panel at a shed. Does it depend on how hard the ground is? It does for me. Easy digging- 12 to 18". Red clay or lots of rock- 6" is good enough.
Direct burial is much easier to fix but I try to run PVC 18' minimum unless the customer beats me down. Never cheat on underground as it always comes back to haunt you.I don't even give the option for direct burial. I hate it too. I feel better about PVC 6" under than direct burial 18" under
This is exactly the reason they invented scotch coat.I personally don't like DB anyway: By the time you've found it with a shovel, the damage is already done.
jesusMHElectric said:This is exactly the reason they invented scotch coat. Those UF repair kits are pretty cheap actually, something like $11. In a pinch Ive also been known to slap a couple wirenuts on it - put a plastic sandwich bag around it - fill it with a tube of silicone - wrap it up on itself like a dog turd in a bag - collect cash and never look back.