My husband and I bought our house a year ago. We have been slowly
fixing the house up over the year. This past weekend we started to
tear out the old landscaping in the front yard. We want something
more tropical (we live in Flordia), and there were large overgrown
bushes in the front yard. We started pulling up the bushes, and were
on a roll. There were two large bushes that flanked the sides of the
driveway. The first one was tough. We ended up having to hook a tow
rope up to the SUV and pull it out. We did the same thing for the
second bush, and it came up with ease. Then I noticed a gusher. When
we pulled up the bush, we broke the main water pipe. We could never
find the main shut off value to the house. Well now we know why.
Some numb nut planted a bush over it some 15 years ago. Do people not
think before they do things like this? Just another joy of home
I think you answered your own question.
;^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
"I reserve the absolute right to be smarter
today than I was yesterday." -Adlai Stevenson
The whole point was we could never find the water line to begin with.
The main shut off value was buried two feet beneath a shrub. Yes we
used an SUV to pull up the shrub. I have seen this done many times on
home improvement shows. Takes all the work out of it. Roots come up
and all. Where as it would have taken us an 20 minutes for each
shrub, it took 2 minutes.
Sounds as though the OP's valve was on her property, not in the utility
company ROW. Does "Miss Utility" perform the location service on private
p.s. I know where my well & lines are; but I'll add an amusing story of my
I'd recently bought my old farm house, complete w/ tractor (Ford 9-N). I
wanted to put up split rail fencing around the perimeter of the lawn area,
so I bought the posts & rented an auger for the 3-pt hitch. I took
advantage of the three day Easter weekend, laid out the post locations &
went at it. All went well. Seemed like there was a rock or two in every
hole; but I got adept at backing off the auger & dropping it down again to
break through. After about 80 holes, I was coming down the home stretch,
along the driveway by the house. Another rock, some deft manipulation of
the PTO, and I banged my way through another tough one. Except I'd drilled
a hole through the top of my septic tank. :-)
Ours does. Matter of fact, on about everyother page in the yellow pages,
there is a reminder to call before you dig, etc, and the number to call, and
yes, its free.
If we are going to be digging for say...a Geothermal system, we HAVE to
call, and do. Its saved our butts more than one time.
And no..its never cost a dime.
Too funny...and yes..I thought th esame thing the other poster did..your
first words were....Oh shit..right?
Same here. We call Gopher One (Minnesota) and one phone call gets all of
your buried utility lines marked with different colored paint, as well as
different colored flags. They mark ng, phone, electric, water, cable tv,
whatever. And they have a 48 hour lead time, and do not charge for the
service. Competent trades people will not even put a pick or shovel in your
yard unless you or they have this done. We had to do if for our irrigation
system install, and when we built our deck, and when we had a nursery come
out and plant trees for us. Good thing, too, since I wanted a 10' maple
tree right above our ng line. Most pro installers call themselves, and
schedule their work around the line marking.
Well, first there was puzzlement at the black ooze filling the bottom of the
hole (I'd never owned a septic tank before). Visions of the Beverly
Hilbillies flashed through my mind before the smell hit. *Then* it was "Oh
There is a # you call b/4 you dig (1-800 #), it's in your phone book. All
the utilities companies including phone/gas/electric/cable/water will come
out and mark where such lines run at no cost to you.
If they mismark and you hit something, it's their fault and the cost is on
them. If you proceed without calling and hit a utility it's on you. Might
want to keep this in the memory banks for the future.
On 22 Jan 2004 05:09:40 -0800, jen email@example.com (Jennifer)
So you pulled the shrub out with the SUV and it's the other people
that are stupid? You saved 18 minutes and cost yourself a couple
hundred for a plumber and God only knows how much time. Its a very
funny story and I think most of us here have done something equally
silly or worse... Lord knows I have.. Lets not blame the other people
though. After all that was probably a one gallon potted shrub when it
was first planted.
Actually, it only set us back about 30 minutes. We had the water
company come up and shot off the water, and my husband fixed the
problem after the water was off. My point was why would someone put a
shrub on top of the water shot off value in the first place. It is
not suppossed to be covered up so if you need to shut the water off,
you have easy access. There was no way around it, even if we called
the water company. The shrub's roots had wrapped themselves around
the pipe. Even if we were gentle, the pipe was going to break.
I'm with you on this one. I did the same thing with my truck, pulling 3
shrubs out in a very short amount of time, with very little effort. That
was after I had a hell of a time trying to dig the first one out by hand.
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