I cut a mismarked telephone wire today

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    you subtle dog you, it's all about the eye dude :) jealous bastards all of you :laugh: i think that pretty women should be made aware that their beauty enhances the lives of others, and by golly i'm gonna tell 'em.

    as far as the depth of laterals and minimum cover requirements for low voltage utilities goes, we're not going to get anything in writing to help the trade in respect to liability.

    it's to your advantage to own a locator of some sort and learn to use it well, the 521/pro-700 is ok for all around locating but they use a 1748khz signal which can bleed to other paths easily. if you are in a congested area, locate the deepest utilities first and check depth both ways to verify the utility.

    i have had very few damages due to my locating all usa markings that are done by others.
     
  2. CA Green

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    I bought a used RD from ex-wifes company (she works for a private locating company, hence how we met 12 yrs ago). Never liked the 521, nor tried the 700. Dynatel is nice too.
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  3. 1idejim

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    radio detection is the most popular unit for full time users.

    i like my dynatel 573 dl a lot, it's just useful period.

    my most used is a tempo tr4110 catv drop locator, it locates peak with a good signal and is handy as a shirt pocket.

    you must trace wire paths to find valves?
     
  4. CA Green

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    I used to, now it's about every other month. Other LS contractors call me for their problems. Never advertised it. Usually pull out metal detector first to give them sh&t... "I'm paying him how much for this?!" lol only a few contractors here have the 521 (like 5 maybe).
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  5. 1idejim

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    why don't you like the 521/pro-700 (they're similar and i have both)?

    do you have the rd user manual? i think i do
     
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. She sleeps later than I do. i'm using you guys to kill time alittle in the morning with coffee.

    We are having a blast though. Gottalove those cask beers. Stockholm was beautiful and the Vasa Museum was spectacular if you love old sailing war ships.
     
  8. CA Green

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    1idejim - I had better results with the RD. Each machine has its own "personallity", just found her sweet spot. The 521 was the first machine I used though. Never tried the 700.
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  9. 1idejim

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    it's been out of production for awhile, you can find them often on ebay though.

    they're similar to the 501 with a lower frequency and peak antenna, you can run it with one eye tied behind your back.

    i was able to get a pdf manual from a sweet lady named veronica parks at tempo, she's the go to person imo at tempo.
     
  10. hoskm01

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    Peep page 1. The changes are BOLDED as "ROUTINE EXCAVATION"



    "EXCAVATION"
    SHALL NOT INCLUDE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON EXISTING PLANTED
    LANDSCAPES.....


    ...."ROUTINE MAINTENANCE" MEANS A REGULAR ACTIVITY THAT
    HAPPENS AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR ON AN EXISTING PLANTED LANDSCAPE IF
    EARTH IS NOT DISTURBED AT A DEPTH OF MORE THAN TWELVE INCHES BY
    NONMECHANICAL MEANS OR FOUR INCHES BY MECHANICAL MEANS AND IF
    THE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT INTENDED TO PERMANENTLY LESSEN THE GROUND
    COVER OR LOWER THE EXISTING GROUND CONTOURS. MECHANICAL
    EQUIPMENT USED FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE TASKS SHALL BE DEFINED AS
    AERATORS, HAND-HELD ROTOTILLERS, SOIL INJECTION NEEDLES, LAWN
    EDGERS, OVERSEEDERS, AND HAND TOOLS.



    Looks like you need to dig with your bare hands past 4 inches to stay safe... At least the phone line at 1/2", you are covered on.
     

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