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Old 10-10-2014, 10:43 AM
sehitchman sehitchman is online now
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Bed Edging and cable wires

I've got a big project with 6-7 beds that wind all through the front of the property. I know there are cable, fiber optic, and other wires in several areas. I did the (call before you dig) and they did not mark all the cable and fiber optic wires as I can see them above the ground in several places. I quoted this planning to use my Lil Wonder edger, but that machine will tear up anything that is not 4" deep or near the surface. I can guess at the transition points in the beds between the street and house, but a guess will still likely cause damage. I'm looking for suggestions, folklore, divining rod use (I saw my father doing this as a kid). The call before you dig guys have a handheld device, is that something the small landscaper can acquire or rent? Anyone using something to pin point wires? Even the spade method is going to cut them.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:07 AM
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I've already had a customer call up this fall that was without cable after an aeration and overseeding i did. We saw where the line was sticking out of the ground. and i avoided it.. still had an issue. if 811 doesn't mark cable, i don't know what to say there. seems like i have one cable line mishap each year. Comcast hardly ever buries these lines properly around here.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:27 PM
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Yep, and it looks like they just run a new one and leave several previous lines in the ground. So you never know which one is the live one.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:46 PM
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Sunbelt rental has a Ditch witch cable locator for $100 a day locally around here. Try your local rental places. Then upsell to the cust stating that the free service wasn't able to find all the buried lines and for added protection and a lil more money You can get a tool to verify yourself before bededging otherwise they can sign a waiver stating your at no fault if something is cut through. Cable installers just bury below the surface around here too there hacks.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:15 PM
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:28 PM
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Don't know how it works there, but here they state what utilities will be marked when you place the request. Any other lines you need to contact those utilities directly. If you see someone marking utilities in the area they usually will mark for you for a small fee. Last time I asked somebody it was $20. Off the books I'm sure, but it beats renting something.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:36 PM
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Code states that it should be a minimum of 12 inches below grade. We call 811 tell them the project scope. And if you cut a wire that was not marked well it on the locating company to fix it
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