[TowerTalk] Locating Buried Cables - Followup

Barry w2up at mindspring.com
Mon Apr 10 20:27:50 EDT 2006

Reminds me of when I installed my tower.  When we built the house, the 
contract included the builder digging the holes, rebar, pouring concrete 
for the base and anchors, running conduit to the house, etc.  I gave 
them the Rohn diagrams and wrote specific instructions on where to dig, 
etc.  I go out to look at the holes dug the day before the pour and 
they're about 18 inches deep! Needless to say, I made sure I was around 
when the backhoe came back.

Barkey, Patrick M. wrote:
> About six weeks ago I posted a question about how one might go about
> finding buried cables.  Since I was trenching in a line for a new tower,
> I
> wanted to mark the cables I already had buried, especially right
> next to where they all come together.
> Most of the replies told me to (in fact, most insisted that I must) call
> the utility underground cable location service and have them do it.
> I just wanted to report back that this was very unsatisfactory.  Despite
> emphasizing many times on the telephone that I wanted the locators to
> call me before they came out (so I could ask them to sweep for my
> ham cables), none of them did.  In fact, they never even went out to 
> where I was actually going to trench (again, despite giving them
> explicit instructions on the phone).
> All they did was pull in my driveway, consult their maps and make
> a paint marking on my front yard (about 300 feet away from the
> beginning of my trench).
> I ended up locating the cables the old-fashioned way - digging very
> carefully by hand.  Lesson learned - counting on others to do your
> work (when you're not paying them) is foolish.
>   - Pat
>     N9RV
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Barry Kutner, W2UP             
Newtown, PA                     

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