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Old 07-28-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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moving incoming power line and grounding rod


here is my unusual use case scenario:

my very urban row house has a miniature front lawn to the right of the stairwell leading to its basement apartment entrance. it is more like a really big flower pot affixed to the house - maybe like 50 sq ft max.

but the power line runs through it and i am 99% sure the grounding rod is buried somewhere underneath it.

what i would like to do is eliminate the "flower pot" front lawn and have a little sub-terrain space, maybe for cooking out or maybe leaving a bike.

that will involve dirt removal and i was wondering what to do when i ultimately run into the power line or the grounding rod ?

of course, i would like to do this without involving the regulatory bodies, if possible ...

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what i would like to do is eliminate the "flower pot" front lawn and have a little sub-terrain space, maybe for cooking out or maybe leaving a bike.
Ayuh,.....

I see your underground storage becoming a Mosquito infested Water Pit.....

Moving the ground rod won't take much effort,...
But,..
Moving the in-coming electric service line is a bit more Involved.....

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I see your underground storage becoming a Mosquito infested Water Pit
nah bro - there is a drain near the basement door to which i will be draining. a bunch of houses have little patios in the basement just like that all over the city.
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It depends on how far down your service wire is buried. Though if this garden/flower pot is above the lowest ground level, I would imagine that you are probably ok. I am guessing that the service wire is buried at the same level to the lowest part of the ground all the way up to the house. If the ground rod is buried any higher than the lowest part of the ground, I would just make sure the wire is long enough, and drive the ground rod further into the ground.
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