what????

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Flow Control, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here in the midwest we experience 4 seasons with snow on the ground for 4-5 months. Per specs water lines (service lines) should not be less then 3' but should average 4-5' deep. We just installed a system at a 80yr old home. Midway through the owner offered my install guys a pitcher of water. But the water did not work. But there was no water surfacing in the yard either. Long story short is we caught the water line 6" deep and cut it. It was like the event of the summer for the people living on the street. What????
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Funny, Waterlines average between 24" and 8" out here :laugh:

    You cut it after the meter right?
     
  3. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    our meters are inside. It was within 15ft of the shut off at the road.
     
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just because there is a code for utilities depth don't expect it to be carefully followed. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe on some but electric, gas and water there is no reason. We have hit a number of gas lines less then 12" but that is totally different from water.
     
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know exactly what you're saying. However, the reality is that just because something is supposed to be buried at "X" depth doesn't always mean it is. I hit a 1" electrical conduit yesterday and a 2" gas line last week that were too shallow. Fortunately I was trenching slowly and they only received gouges. I had our maintenance guys come out and check them though.
     

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