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Supreme Member

Posts: 309

Location: Northern New Jersey


Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 4:49pm

Just venting

After hand digging in rockdirt for 400 feet or so, carefully 8 inches, I encounter the CATV cable - 2 inches deep!!!!!! At least I didn't hit the gas line or electric service.


Supreme Member

Posts: 5,330

Location: Metro NYC


Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 6:04pm

"Call before you dig" is the law in NJ, not that you will get a cable drop located.


Supreme Member

Posts: 493

Location: Seattle


Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 7:25pm

Call in a locate

(800) 272-1000

Yah.. Your lucky it wasn't the gas line.


Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 7:08am

I'm gonna join this gripe.
It's the law in Texas but the cable company in Houston can't be bothered.
It's "good luck and call us when you break it."

My shovel is magnetically attracted to cable line.


Supreme Member

Posts: 309

Location: Northern New Jersey


Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 7:12am

I know where my utilities are. When I bought the house they were marked out so we could get the CATV installed. Even then I was careful just in case they were near the 8 inch mark. Never thought I'd have trouble at 2 inches.


Advanced Member

Posts: 83

Location: Eastern WA


Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 3:36pm

It's free to get all lines marked. You never know what they did. Even then I hit my cable too at about 6 inches. Thankfully it was in poly pipe sheath. I cut through some old unmarked cable wires. I was like "what is that?".


Supreme Member

Posts: 309

Location: Northern New Jersey


Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 8:26am

Mine was also in poly. Only scratched it with my pick ax luckily.

Central Irrigation

Supreme Member

Posts: 371

Location: Central Minnesota


Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 1:10pm

I've seen them laying under freshly layed sod. We carry a roll of coax and splice kits in all our service and install vehicles. You ever want an upset client, cut off his T.V. and Internet!

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