Nah, it was just a phone drop. No big deal, right?
Fortunately, no one was DEAD wrong.
These brainless twits hammered t-posts for tomato tower support in their
garden - carefully planted DIRECTLY over the utility easement including
8,000-volts of electric service. The darned transformer on its pad, clearly
marked with danger labels, was barely ten feet away!
The t-post severed their neighbor's 5-pair telephone drop. When I first
surveyed the scene, what could *I* do? The t-post could be a FOOT away from
the high voltage or mere millimeters. I couldn't just walk up to the thing
and start yanking on it or even be anywhere NEAR it.
I called the power utility. That tech, with his 35k-insulated rubber gloves
and me wearing my 20k-insulated gloves, grabbed the t-post and worked it back
out of the ground without incident. I dug-up and repaired the damaged phone
The fortunate-to-be-alive dweeb neighbor could have bought the most expensive
tomatoes from the most expensive store for years for the amount they were
billed for the damage they caused. Nevermind they were rather lucky to simply
still be alive.
Call before you dig. Everyone pays for the "free" service, so you might as
well be SAFE rather than sorry - or dead.
Ha! ...and you think your electric bill is high today?
Conduit would NOT have saved the customer pounding-in t-posts. It would have
gone right through plastic conduit or so severely damaged anything armored
that it would have to be dug-up and fixed anyway.
The overall CO$T for placing all buried primary power cables in conduit would
VASTLY (and I mean beyond comprehension) outstrip the cost of damage done to
the unarmored stuff. Call before you dig.
In northern NJ using all cedar round rails and posts, 300 linear ft.
with 2x4 mesh wire attached, and one gate, plus ~60 ft. of cedar picket
fence facing the street with two gates, one double and one single cost
me about $2000, self-installed and hog tight for the Basset.
Luckily the soil on my lot is like butter in the spring except for some
roots and random small rocks here and there. Just needed a post hole
digger and shale bar. Now in PA you might hit some more serious
@#$@#%% under the turf.
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