What a nightmare - utility company tearing up MY lawn!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its like 3/4 of an inch max. Small little guy.....
     
  2. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If it's that small they may use a trencher instead of an excavator.
     
  3. morlawn

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    I have done gas line work off and on for over 30 years, have had this very same scenario many times. It all depends on the company/crew doing the actual work. The company I have worked for strives for customer satisfaction and top quality workmanship. If we were doing the job, the main bellhole would be dug with a Ditchwitch backhoe/plow combo and the service line bored, if possible. A lot of the backfill would be done by hand. Sod would be replaced and, most importantly, soil from excavation would be tamped in place with very little soil leftover. Service lines are usually 5/8" or 1" PE depending on overall length.
     
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

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    That gives me some insight, thanks. Assuming the co. that does the work on my prop 'strives' for cust service (remains to be seen), how wide of swath of my lawn will they tear up in your opinion? I think I am going to rent a manual sod cutter and roll the sod away, and simply roll back on after they are gone. May or may not 'take' this time of year, but at least my lawn will not be an eyesore until permanent snowcover arrives...
     
  5. morlawn

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    This is a very subjective thing to guess on. It depends on the crew foreman's desire to spare your lawn, and their available equipment. Minimum sized bell hole at the main (as marked by the locators) would be 2' wide and 5' long, with 1 foot on the back side of the main, 4 foot toward direction of new service. A saddle or tee is fused or welded on existing main. Contractor (or campany) then would bore, plow or trench new service away from (or up to) this hole. Sometimes the locates are off or the main had fill placed over it, and is deep, hence, a larger hole. Things could go real well (hopefully) or they can turn into a small disaster. Frost chunks in the backfill will cause future settlement problems. Don't remove the main locates when you strip your sod, as this will usually make the crew mad. Hopefully, this helps out, but this is a pretty general answer.
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

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    Thanks. I will just take a cutter and take off a 2-3 feet of sod lengthwise to the street. I believe they would trench in the line, I am not sure though. To me, to save some real nice sod is worth it, even if to just cover until next season.

    Don't worry, I won't 'remove' their stupid marking lines. I wouldn't want to make these poor babies mad. Who are these people, one step down from the messiah? I just want them done and off my property - I don't plan to talk with them any more at this point, I don't even want to look at them or the shoddy work they will do. I will just consider this my lawn project for next season, and see how fast I can bring things around again next year.
     
  7. punt66

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    you would think your world is coming to an end stop worrying about it
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

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    Agreed, thread closed.
     

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