Gas line incidents

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    There should be a law against that kind of crap tx. Oh wait, there is. I'm glad you guys are alright. :)
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  2. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Never trust flags or lines put out by locate people. Period.
    I'm just thankful they are metal pipes and not some poly of some kind.
     
  3. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    What do you mean "no sand"? I find secondary gas lines for pool equipment or pool houses often buried less then 18". This summer I was at a job and the propane company was there running the line for the pool heater. They trenched 10-12 inches with a walk behind trencher. When I went over to the guy and asked him why he wasn't burying it to code he got an attitude with me. I then told the gc and he didn't even care. I also cut the copper line between the tank and regulator at 2" on that job.
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  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gas line, or any line realy is supposed to be buried in sand with tape on top of sand.
     
  5. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    What if it is plowed in which is the norm here for gas lines
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    good question , Ive never seen gas plowed in. Are you in almost all sand to begin with?
     
  7. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
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    The guys use their locator to double check, in this case there was no tracer. They do use poly for gas here, I prefer poly, that way when it is hit it doesn't create sparks.

    Sand or a change in soil type is also a warning method that you are about to hit something important.
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  8. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Really depends where you are. There is a lot of clay some places have 1" round gravel.
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  9. 1idejim

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    Note the burial depth and trace wire detail.
     
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    In my 32 years in the construction business our crews were required to test pit all utilities. 95% of the time the utilities were marked correctly but depths varied. There are many reasons for varying depths but the most frequent cause for gas, water and electric (mains) were due to the developer/ builder changing grades after the installation of the utilities.
     

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