A call to the Digger's Hotline might be a good first step.
There are at least two benefits to using a shovel. Most of us
could use the exercise. Plus, a penny saved is a penny earned.
A guy might be paying himself good money by not renting a machine
to do the work.
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On Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:39:09 -0500, "Dean Hoffman"
The "dig line" (the name is different from place to place) is pretty
good at finding buried utilities in the right of way and they usually
can find the service from the street to the house but they are not
usually going to find wires and pipes on your property that were not
installed by the utility.
The real reason you call is to avoid being charged if you do hit a
utility ... and I see it all the time, even after they mark everything
The last time I used my post-hole digger I remember saying to myself "this
is a younger man's work!" In this clay/rock hard-packed soil it takes a
long, long time to dig out very little material. Or run into a boulder as
big as a barrel. I think this long a dig will take a gizmo or a julio.
On Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:17:53 -0400, "Texas Kingsnake"
If you are really thinking about hiring an electrician, ask him. I am
sure he has dug some trenches around there and knows what you are up
against. He may even have a recommendation on a guy to dig it or just
do the subcontracting himself, cheaper than you can get a guy. You
will get a feel for what you are up against pretty quick when you
start talking to them,.
On the "interference" thing, if you space the wires an inch or 2 apart
in the trench, it won't be an issue at all.. If you are worried, twist
the UF a little but usually that happens when you pull it out of the
box. In real life, coax is pretty noise resistant. Same with Cat-5/6.
Yes "flooded" phone wire is the stuff with silicone grease in it. That
is the gold standard for underground wire but anything rated "direct
burial" should work.
With regard to interference into the TV line from the 60 Hz 120V line, yes,
that can happen. The 12V circuit mentioned for lighting is, unfortunately
, 12V, 60 Hertz so there is still potential for interference, but it should
be only 10% of the possibility of interference using 120V.
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