I have a length of Cat6 cable that I use to connect my home to my garage. The garage is separate from the house, almost like a barn, with 60 feet or more separating them. I used Cat6 cable that is waterproof and rated for outdoor direct burial. Cable is buried in the ground maybe 6" deep. Not long ago I lost communication with the garage. I went to inspect the cable only to find out that some kind of animal had dug a hole and severed the cable in the process. It doesn't look like the animal necessarily went for the cable, as there are other similar holes all over the yard. Probably a squirrel trying to bury a walnut or something. Problem is, what is the best way to join the cable back together? I'm thinking, make a fresh cut on each side, crimp a Cat6 connector on each side, and then use a coupler. Then maybe use a large-diameter piece of heat-sink tubing to cover the entire coupler, so that it would be waterproof again and I can bury it back in the ground. But maybe there is another, better way?