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I cut a mismarked telephone wire today

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

  1. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,193


    its what came out of the interface!
  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    All phone wire I've seen is 22- 24 ga. That looks a lot bigger to me.;)
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,317

    twist all of the wires together since you can get to them and trace the wire, you'll need to run an extended ground wire to prevent return to ground problems.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    If it's a shielded phone wire then I typically connect the 521 to the shield.
    If there are obvious wires that are not being used then you can connect to one of them.
    Always make sure and pay attention to the utility locations and where they enter the house.
    If in doubt use your "witching sticks" to see if anything might possibly be in the area that you are trenching/pulling/boring.
  5. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 751

  6. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 585

    CAPT stream rotor Sorry to hear about your baby will say a prayer for you
  7. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 585

    Capt don't be to hard on yourself you will be able to find and repair the wire. I have temporarily fixed them with a little wire and wire nuts. Here if it's on private property I will call the phone Co. to fix it and I have never been charged. Actually I will call if it's off property too :laugh:
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,993

    Locator guy that subs for phone, cable told me the other day that Fios is untracable.
    I can see this being a major azz ache in the coming yrs.
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    As these guys said a simple wire nut and muti-strand will easily repair most older phone lines.
    I never tried wiring a jack to the 521, I simply removed the wires from the interface panel on the side of the house, connected the red to an exposed lead then grounded to an electrical socket if a copper grounding rod wasn't available. Trace to the problem then splice.
    How far off of the locate did you sever the lines? I ask as 3' is usually the minimum one has to stay away from the locate to avoid paying for the splice.
    In my a.o I have a much greater problem with incorrectly buried propane lines by the gas companies. Those I refuse to repair, the client has to pay for the gas company to correct. What I do in these cases is trench in a line at code approved depth so the gas line may be properly installed. And I get paid for the trenching too.
  10. Waterlogged

    Waterlogged LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 585

    When I started out, years ago, we hardly ever located anything. I remember one time we cut a gas line on private property, in the back yard. We called the gas company first. That was a big mistake. They came out and said, "Yep, you cut the gas line, call a plumber". And they yanked the meter.
    It was in December and the house was heated with gas. The plumber came out, same day, and fixed it. The gas company did not come out for three days to replace the meter. My boss had to put the customer up in a hotel for three days. Plumber said to call him first next time.

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