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Old 03-28-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yesterday, while pulling weeds from the side of my house (I really hate this time of year ), my wife noticed that one of the telco cables was coming out of the ground for about a foot in length. Obviously, that sucks.

Does anyone know if there are any rules or ordinances about cable burial depth? I know there are for electrical, but not sure about other types.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Since it's considered a "low voltage" line, there's really no requirement for depth, and they'll generally put it as shallow as they can get away with.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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yeah, like sitting on the dirt not even buried... I need to call TWC and at&t to have them both come out to try it again.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I guess they just put it under the sod before it took root. Apparently, it isn't good enough. I hope they'll come fix it without charging me for it.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I guess they just put it under the sod before it took root. Apparently, it isn't good enough. I hope they'll come fix it without charging me for it.
There shouldn't be a charge for fixing it. The various utilities are responsible for maintaning their underground or overhead lines, up to the point where they connect in the "box" on your house.

A few years ago, part of a neighbor's tree fell into my yard, and took out the aerial lines connected to my house. None of the utilities charged for restoring the lines, since the tree just fell by itself. I was told by AT&T, however, that had someone been cutting the tree, and they misjudged, that party would have been liable for repairs to my phone line.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I put in a garden bed yesterday and had to locate the cable line first. It was about an inch under the ground. I called before digging. Some guy called and said he was going to be coming over to check the line locations but they never showed up. That was a month ago. So much for trying to do the right thing. When I called, the very official sounding lady took all of my info, where I was digging, when I was digging, purpose of the dig (I told her it was a flower bed). She then asked, 'Will you be using any explosives?' I wonder if they would have showed up if I had told them I would be using dynamite to do the flower bed.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Bob, I'd have had to have given into the temptation....

"Yes ma'm (best southron twang "ON") - mah cousin BillyBob is comin' in the mornin' - he jest got outta the joint after blowin' up his ex-bosses' house, so he knows how ta blow stuff up!"
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Just to follow up, I called AT&T and they're sending someone to re-bury the thing at no charge.
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