how deep are the lines?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jdlawn, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. jdlawn

    jdlawn LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Posts: 68

    i know that this will probably sound pretty stupid but i am creating a landscape bed around a power box. i have called and the utility guys are going to mark where the lines are. Basically all i am worried about is taking up the grass that is presently there. I was wondering how deep the power lines, gas lines etc. are. If i know then i won't worry as much seeing that it is my first time creating a landscape bed around a power box. Thanks in advance.
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    You should be able to pull the grass up with no problem. I would not stick a shovel in deeper than 6" just to be safe. Remember, you have to leave space on all sides of the box for work/repair access room. Usually that space requirement is written right on the box.
  3. around here you never have to worry about electric or gas they are pretty deep, now phone and cable tv is barely under the sod.
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    they're atleast 3 feet down...the box extends about 2 1/2 feet below grade and the wires come out below that
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    The vault is usually 2X2 feet, maybe 3X3 at the most. Power, in most places, is required to be at least 36" deep. That's code here anyway and it must be in conduit. So, even if you found power, you'd hit red tape that should be 18" above the line, then you'd find the conduit it's in, so if you're using a shovel you'll be fine. Gas and anything else should be down just as far, phone is usually 18" and probably won't have conduit, but will probably have tape.
  6. green horizons

    green horizons LawnSite Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 144

    Try as I may, I have never hit a power or gas line. The phone and cable technicians eventually taught me to make simple repairs, if you get my drift. The freakin' cable company is ridiculous! I've cut cable lines removing sod with a straight edged shovel....ridiculous!
  7. bishoplandscape

    bishoplandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Here about 2 feet deep but phone and cable are not as deep usually.
  8. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    here 18" to 24". cable doesnt even have to be buried
  9. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    your probably safe no matter where you live if you dont dig below 18"
  10. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    becareful sometimes they are barley under the ground when that close to the house or box in the yard. some times they have an issue that close and have to hold it up for some reason. never assume anything

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