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Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Close call with death
From: Roger <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 17:48:20 -0500
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On 1/15/2011 4:34 PM, K2VI wrote:
> Post hole digging to install the pipe in ground for the 43' zero five 
> vertical. I disregarded the 1.5 inch fence post and used the scedule 40 1.25 
> I.D gavanized pipe. When digging i was about 38" down when i hit something 
> hard. Hit it a few times thinking it was a root. Well i realized it was 
> probably a rock and reached down and dug some dirt out to find out it was an 
> orange heavy plastic pipe about 1" 1/8 .
Although the color could be either fiber or GAS, 1 1/8" sounds large for 
either. Black is likely water.  Digging into a gas line is dangerous, 
but normally deadly. OTOH it can be very expensive but not nearly as 
expensive as paying "time and material" to splice a fiber optic trunk.  
The $3000 some one mentioned could sound like a bargain basement price 
if it was a fiber trunk and that doesn't take into account the possible 
fines and LEGAL action.  The one thing for certain would be receiving 
the bill for fixing said problem.

NEVER, EVER dig without having "Miss Dig" or whoever checks out 
underground lines come in even if it's just planting a tree.  They may 
tell you they are not needed but that's a lot better than hearing, "You 
should have called!" after the fact.


Roger (K8RI)

>   Also next to it was a 1" black tube. Im not sure if it was a huge power 
> line but glad i didn't bust through. I just threw down some garden rocks and 
> cemented the pipe in just above the underground lines. So im sure this will 
> hold up firm when the cement cures. As far as grounding. I did drive an 8" 
> ground rod next to the pipe about 10" away. I know i have to connect the 
> ground rod to the radial plate but wondering about connection the antenna to 
> the ground rod. If i connect a wire from the UNUN box on the antenna side and 
> run it to the ground rod won't it couple to the ra
>   dial plate? Since both the radial plate and antenna connect to the ground 
> rod in essence they are now both coupled together. Im in the dark here. Can 
> someone please help me out here. I would greatly apreciate the help. thank to 
> all. 73
> tony k2vi
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