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Old 05-26-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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I own a summer home in Long Island, NY. Last year, when i came out after the winter, my new neighbor had dug a trench across my blacktop driveway to put his electric wires underground without asking my permission. He had my phone number because he called me twice offering to buy my house, but never called about this. He is a contractor and was totally renovating the house. When I finally met him in Sept., he said he would have his men take care of it. Now when I came back this spring, the driveway was not fixed and he has sold the house.
What do i do?
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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Do you have any kind of proof? Do you have anything in writing saying he would take care of it? Do you have his name and new address and/or phone number? I don't know why you didn't follow up on this but I bet you're SOOL
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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I would've beat the crap outa him as soon as it happened. That takes some set to just go ahead and do something like that without permission.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:44 PM
 
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Cut the wires
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Cut the wires
Love it!

But don't just cut them. Cut them and pull them all the way back and repair your driveway.

Disclaimer: although I do condone righteous retribution, playing with electricity is very dangerous and should only be handled by professionals and those with experience.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Cut the wires
Make sure there is no utility easement...then cut the wires.

Practically though I would dicker with the new owner first. He is an innocent bystander. But make him fix it or cut the wires.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:57 PM
 
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You have a summer home ON Long Island, not in. LOL
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:36 PM
 
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OMG Never cut wires! OP don't do anything till you call the utility company and see what those wires are! I don't want to read about some poor person following advice on CD and getting electrocuted!
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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we cut outdoor electrical wires accidentally once in the flower bed. Thought they were roots. Old owner apparently had it for the fountain or whatever. It put a moon-shaped hole in the aluminum gardening shears, not to mention scaring my wife half to death.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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Can you go after the utility company that came on your property without permission and ran the wires???
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