Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-14-2011, 09:40 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Share |
Default

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

romeo4601 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
Scared Electrician
 
Saturday Cowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 715
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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

__________________
Ragged Trousered Philanthropist


Please follow the code - its there for your safety no matter how inconvenient.
Saturday Cowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: central virginia mountains
Posts: 1,857
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


a 5' drop is a new line not just slack being taken up. probably not splicing
__________________
The older I get the better I was
tpolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,503
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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.
J. V. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 10:55 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: central virginia mountains
Posts: 1,857
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


he doesnt say what size line
__________________
The older I get the better I was
tpolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 11:00 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,864
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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?
__________________
Stop wasting time re-adjusting the pattern. Have several lawn sprinklers, one for each pattern.

Last edited by AllanJ; 03-14-2011 at 11:03 AM.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AllanJ For This Useful Post:
tpolk (03-14-2011)
Old 03-14-2011, 11:09 AM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


Quote:
Originally Posted by Saturday Cowboy View Post
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!
romeo4601 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 11:11 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: central virginia mountains
Posts: 1,857
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


thats no diy
__________________
The older I get the better I was
tpolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 11:13 AM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


Quote:
Originally Posted by AllanJ View Post
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..
romeo4601 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 02:53 PM   #10
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 7,384
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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.
__________________
Do not PM with questions that can be asked in a forum. I will not respond.
joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada (s/w ON.)
Posts: 2,294
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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.
Wildie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,864
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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.
__________________
Stop wasting time re-adjusting the pattern. Have several lawn sprinklers, one for each pattern.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 09:08 PM   #13
I=E/R
 
a7ecorsair's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,052
Default

lowering verizon's phone line


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?

a7ecorsair is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electrical outlet phone jack extension? mikehende Electrical 3 11-28-2007 08:05 PM
New Phone Jack Install - Q & A 101 allen1466 Electrical 7 07-17-2007 11:46 PM
Installing exterior faucet to washer line? skellies Plumbing 3 06-18-2006 08:19 PM
Adding a phone line to an older connect point cramsmith General DIY Discussions 3 11-23-2005 11:35 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.