U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-04-2009, 10:51 PM
 
5,637 posts, read 14,117,723 times
Reputation: 2735

Advertisements

Anyone know what the average price range is to take down 1 telephone pole and about 600feet of wire? Also, would like to lay that wire underground.

Just trying to get a range/ballpark figure. Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-05-2009, 06:34 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
34,441 posts, read 43,286,441 times
Reputation: 44085
Wild guess from doing it in a municipality, $3000-5000.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 07:44 AM
 
5,637 posts, read 14,117,723 times
Reputation: 2735
Yes,. I was told around the same range the other day. Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
18,538 posts, read 55,453,855 times
Reputation: 32256
Telephone or power? There is a huge difference.

Telephone wire is typically buried by using a trencher that cuts a narrow hole less than 1 ft. down. Two men could easily do that in a day at minimal cost. When our telephone service was installed, the phone company paid for all work up to the demarcation box. $3000 to $5000 would be a rip-off. Total actual costs to a small company would be AT MOST $800 to $1000, figuring cost of labor, materials, and owning the trencher and trucks. With cheap labor and a constant use of the equipment, and wholesale costs on the wire, I'd think half that amount would be more accurate. BTW, Don't even think about doing this in an area where there are cattle. They'll break the wire.

Power lines are a whole different ball of wax. Power lines have to be placed in heavy plastic conduit and buried 2 feet down. In our area the customer buys the conduit and wire, digs the trench and pulls the wire, buys the meter box, and follows the exact specs of the power company. The power company then comes out and energizes the line after the inspections are complete. Figure roughly $20 per foot in costs. I rented a backhoe, dug my own trench, and used the help of day laborers and it still cost me an arm and a leg.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 11:33 AM
 
5,637 posts, read 14,117,723 times
Reputation: 2735
Hi Harry,
Thanks for your feedback. It's both power and telephone (i think). I've attached a pic. I need to knock this down because I have a small airplane that is in danger of getting tangled up in the wire during takeoff.
Attached Thumbnails
Costs of telephone pole takedowns and wire burial?-takedown.jpg  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
18,538 posts, read 55,453,855 times
Reputation: 32256
With the possibilities of a crash being an alternative, I would probably pay whatever was needed...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 02:18 PM
 
2,533 posts, read 6,514,827 times
Reputation: 2305
The power company buried power wire 3 ft down,direct bury no conduit as a new service awhile back,no charge.Telco trenched my wire at new home 2 ft down no charge.To there advantage with storms.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Prunetucky-on-the-slough
113 posts, read 452,446 times
Reputation: 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by TexasNick View Post
Hi Harry,
Thanks for your feedback. It's both power and telephone (i think). I've attached a pic. I need to knock this down because I have a small airplane that is in danger of getting tangled up in the wire during takeoff.
Unless you have some kind of incredible STOL aircraft, I would think those trees might be a factor too!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 03:04 PM
 
5,637 posts, read 14,117,723 times
Reputation: 2735
Thanks for the comment, Dan.

Jag, I got the best STOL (aside from Helicopter): Piper Cub!

1300ft of land I need to bulldoze to make a landing strip...so any idea of cost to hire a bulldozer and knock down some trees?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
14,718 posts, read 45,814,527 times
Reputation: 13603
Cool idea to be able to park your airplane at your house where you can fly it more.

Offhand I would think with construction down, and fuel prices down some, you should be able to get a pretty good competitive bid for the bulldozer work.

Not knowing your market, not knowing what the land looks like right now, any dollar estimate I could throw out would not be a SWAG, just a WAG, so not worth wasting the electrons.

If you get at least 2 or 3 bids I'm pretty certain you can be sure of getting a competitive price.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top