Down state side you guys have the 811 "Call before you dig" number.
There is no excuse not to call for a locate before you dig. Simply call two
or three days before you dig to get your marks.
In some states it is ilegal to dig with out locates. (Although this maybe
only for comertial excavators not home owners. I don't know)
I am suprized that 'Ma Bell' gave you a depth on their facility! There is no
locate device that will give an acurate depth. I have used
most of the top end machines in my job. Also, always, always, always hand
expose the facility before bringing in power equipment!!
Even though I know where everything is on my property I still call before I
If you look at the NTSB and the Common Ground Aliance statistics you will
find that 70 to 80% of all facility damages are caused by
not having locates, or not respecting the locate marks.
Just my two cents.
Senior Locator for Enmax Power.
On 01/15/11 11:03 pm, r miles wrote:
> When I was in IL my clay waste pipe to the sewer system clogged with
> roots. When the contractor dug to replace it with PVC my yard flooded.
> The incoming city water line was wrapped around the waste pipe.
> The old 'Ma Bell' marked my line& told me it was 3' down. We dug a 10''
> hole for a plant& cut the line.
> Here in Tn if you ruin some utility without calling you pay all costs
> for repair.
> NEVER dig without calling them out for a mark.
> My sons in laws found out their septic tank was under a concrete
> Assume the worst with utilities but never, never dig without calling.
> The danger& costs could be fatal.
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