Likewise a Vermeer pavement saw can make a mess of a fiber optic cable.
FYI, When the cable was first installed over twenty years ago the depth
was about 4'. Over the years the areas were regraded causing the
problem. When we know about regrading (we're not always notified) we do
encase the cable in split steel conduit, but something like a pavement
saw above cuts through steel conduit like butter.
Use to have a couple of them Saws. We called them the Wheel of Fortune. Mine
where Ditch Witch's R-100's 60 feet a minute thru asphalt, 24-30" deep 5"
wide. Boy what damage they did to shallow gas, phone, cable, and water
lines. Cut thousands of miles of trench between 1975-2000 then retired.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
Don't know about your area, but here in SoCal, the utilities have a
collective 800#, listed as "Call before digging", in the local phone
book, for underground utilities.
I let my principles make the phone calls, so I'm not up to snuff on
We have the same service in the Houston area however they do not mark water
or sewer. Our phone number to call is 811. Unfortunately Houston has
about 15 smaller cities that are adjacent that all handle things
differently. Where the city is concerned, they don't care if you break the
water line after the meter. Eis not thair yob to do mor than cover their
Technically you have to wait 48 hours for the markings to be made before
digging and they are suppose to call you if they do not intend to come out
to mark. The local cable company did neither with in 48 hours, I called on
Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., they showed up Thursday afternoon. Too Late.
For home/hobby use you can beat the HFT tool that works after the
first few tries. And, so far, you can't beat them for taking back most
anything you have a complaint about and offering you a trade out or
merchandise card (if you've lost your receipt).
I last bought the 15 gauge Finisher Nailer when it was on-sale and
applied a 20% off coupon. When I found a great looking Hitachi at
Lowes for $44!! (bought two, one to give as a present) I took the HFT
back (it did hang a bit) and got full credit on my CC.
I deal with two HFT's in different states and cannot complain about
their return policy.
Wonder how their stock is doin in these hard times?
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