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romeo4601 03-14-2011 09:40 AM

lowering verizon's phone line
 
I am putting in a new drive way and will need to cut a bank down approx 5 feet and there is a Verizon telephone line running through where i need to excavate. Verizon is wanting $5995 to lower the line! We all KNOW it dose not take $5995 to lower a line for a home drive!! Dose anyone know if I can hire a private contractor to do the job? -Or am I just stuck with Verizon? PS I live in Central VA

Saturday Cowboy 03-14-2011 10:26 AM

is it just your line or a whole bunch? the latter i can see the price. yours u might be able to dIY

tpolk 03-14-2011 10:33 AM

a 5' drop is a new line not just slack being taken up. probably not splicing

J. V. 03-14-2011 10:54 AM

I would do it myself. But I cannot tell you to do it yourself. Better be sure its just phone and not the service drop.

tpolk 03-14-2011 10:55 AM

he doesnt say what size line

AllanJ 03-14-2011 11:00 AM

Probably better not to do it yourself because if you cut the line with a backhoe then all holy hell will break loose.

If you have a utility easement over your property, any use of that strip of land has to be compatible with the utility company usage.

Do you really need to do your driveway project?

romeo4601 03-14-2011 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saturday Cowboy (Post 609013)
is it just your line or a whole bunch? the latter i can see the price. yours u might be able to dIY


Well no it would not be just my line because it runs on an a utility easement along the county maintained highway!

tpolk 03-14-2011 11:11 AM

thats no diy

romeo4601 03-14-2011 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AllanJ (Post 609042)
Probably better not to do it yourself because if you cut the line with a backhoe then all holy hell will break loose.

If you have a utility easement over your property, any use of that strip of land has to be compatible with the utility company usage.

Do you really need to do your driveway project?

I am building a house and that would be the only way to access the new home! but yeah from what i here if you cut the phone companies lines its not pretty! I think there would be an utility easement through there..

joed 03-14-2011 02:53 PM

If it's a main trunk line like I think you are saying then you don't have much choice.

If was just the drop to your house I would DIY.

Wildie 03-14-2011 07:15 PM

I'm a retired telco repairman.

Once I had a call to check out a cable trouble and found a fellow and his machine digging holes.

I asked him if he realized that he had cut a cable. He said that he did, but only cut a little cable and missed the big one.
Turned out the little cable was a fibre optic cable that carried 500 long distance lines. The big one that he missed was an older, copper cable, with 50 local phone lines.

Its really difficult to judge what is being carried on a cable by its appearence, so its best to be cautious.
Perhaps a smaller machine would be able to work under the Verizon line.

AllanJ 03-14-2011 07:15 PM

Does the line run across the entire frontage of your property? Although I am not sure, there may be some provision for giving you some access to the property. For example the telephone company gets to choose where the driveway goes and then has to modify the line at their expense.

a7ecorsair 03-14-2011 09:08 PM

This is a buried line, yes? Next, is the line crossing your property or is it in a road right of way that is owned by the county?


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