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Utility Locate is Useless!

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  • #412780
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Just started a small fence and gate job and we hit a cable line… Completely unmarked!

    I called the utility Locate service and had them come mark where the lines were buried, and even went as far as to paint a solid white line along the path we are digging.

    Apparently this wasn’t enough though. We augered a 12″ hole only to find a coax wire split in half when the auger was completely removed. The nearest mark for Any utility is about 15′ feet away…

    Had this ever happened to you? I guess is should be happy it wasn’t electric or natural gas…

    Jon P.
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    #412792
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    It gets better….

    Jon P.
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    #412793
    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    Never happened to me so far. I just ripped out couple irrigation pipes with a mini excavator. Even the homeowner didn’t know that they were there.

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    #412797
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Same freaking hole…water guy says they didn’t know it was there!

    Cable guy says he “couldn’t find any cable there.”

    Jon P.
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    #412798

    It gets better….

    Wonderful!

    Whose problem is it now? Yours, homeowner/insurance, or the people who failed to mark the utility?

    #412800
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    It gets better….

    Wonderful!

    Whose problem is it now? Yours, homeowner/insurance, or the people who failed to mark the utility?

    the utility…for both the water and the cable line!

    There is paint ALL over the property, but nothing within 15′ of this spot.

    Jon P.
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    #412820
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    It gets better….

    WOW, your there for a fence and gate and now instant pool.

    What a bunch of incompetent people working for locate services.

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it Dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

    #412828
    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    Oh geezzz. I thought that stuff only happened to me!
    What did the locate people have to say?

    #412831
    Doobie
    Moderator

    They don’t care out here when it comes to the runs to the home for cable or tel. They do not locate them. The only ones they clear for are the main lines.

    I’ve had many locates over the years at my house. I’ve even had to correct the guy doing it at times when he locates what he thinks is electrical for my buried coax. Gas they always get right. But electrical has been a mish mash.

    #412833
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    Around here the companies do pretty good job. If you hit something not marked then it is between the marker and the utility company as to who pays. You don’t call and try to “sneak on in” and hit something and you might as well just sign over your company to the utilties.

    #412841
    Doobie
    Moderator

    It gets better….

    So how bad did that get? Sinkhole size wash out levels?

    #412848
    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    I think it’s great you took the time to take a picture for us!
    I would have never thought of that. I would have been looking for a shut off.
    I must say, it looks like you have a good aim.

    #412851
    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    Oh wow, how big was that water main that you hit?

    #412861
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    It gets better….

    So how bad did that get? Sinkhole size wash out levels?

    Uh yeah. It’s a mess.

    Oh wow, how big was that water main that you hit?

    It was a big one. 6″ they said….feeding 500 homes in the area!

    I think it’s great you took the time to take a picture for us!
    I would have never thought of that. I would have been looking for a shut off.
    I must say, it looks like you have a good aim.

    HA! I knew where the shut off is, but couldn’t kill the water because the valve was way too deep in the ground!

    The picture was taken well after I realized I could do no more until the utility idiots have up with the tool to shut off the water…about 30 minutes after we broke the water line.

    Jon P.
    Timber Carpentry & Construction
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    #412867
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    wow so 500 homes are going to be without water till they fix it. do they not note down or have a record of where everything is?

    #412869
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Question now I guess is who’s gonna pick up the tab?

    #412880
    ChadM
    Moderator
    Rogers, Ohio

    That is a mess! Glad you aren’t responsible for it.

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #412891
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    We recently had a cable line that was unmarked in an excavation, If it is not market it is the utility / locaters problem.

    Private utilities, those past the meter or a point of connection such as a water service, are typically not marked and therefore your responsibility. I an electrical line that ran around a house from the meter that we ended up drilling right alongside. the wires were visible in the hole but not scratched.

    In our area, the locators are so far behind, it is not uncommon for something not to be located. I usually try to give an extra couple of days notice because of that.

    It is always a good idea to take pictures of your locates (or lack thereof) for proof in the event that you hit something. Photo’s do not lie.

    #412895
    monman1
    Pro

    What a mess! Glad you dont have to pay to fix it.

    Member since April 4, 2014

    doer of all , master of none.

    #412902
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    It gets better….

    Oh man. That made for a bad day.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

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