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Old 05-24-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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so I have a corner lot with power lines on both sides, and the feeder running to the house. If possible I'd like to bury the feeder to free up the yard planning, is it feasible? can I do it myself? has anyone tried this?

I don't mind the digging and I'd like to save the tree's around it, so I'd almost rather do it myself so I can be careful with the roots.

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so I have a corner lot with power lines on both sides, and the feeder running to the house.
I assume you mean the overhead drop from the street.


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If possible I'd like to bury the feeder to free up the yard planning, is it feasible?
Certainly.


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can I do it myself?
Only you can answer this. Depends on your level of experience with electrical work. It is definitely NOT a job for someone inexperienced.

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Talk to your POCO - they will help.

In my town you can dig the trench, but the city wants to lay the line and make the connections.
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Check with your POCO for the requriement for lateral service requirement and they will tell you the location where they want the meter and the lateral runs will be.

Oh if you going do any expandation or install a above ground or underground pool let them know ahead of the time they will tell you the correct route for it.

As far for do it yourself for burial the lateral run it hard to say unless the local code may say something diffrent so check it out first before you do anything with it.

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In my area, poco owns the underground wires to the meter and charge accordingly.
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Check with your POCO for the requriement for lateral service requirement and they will tell you the location where they want the meter and the lateral runs will be.

Oh if you going do any expandation or install a above ground or underground pool let them know ahead of the time they will tell you the correct route for it.

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Marc brings up a good point. Make sure you check with the city and see if you have an utility easement. If you do, make sure you plan to stay 'inside the lines'.
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Here in MO the power company will allow you to bury the conduit and they will pull the wire to your meter box.
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Some power companies won't allow you to do anything ahead of the meter: They are responsible for everything, and that means you will PAY for THEM to do it all, or it ain't getting done!

I've offered to provide and install such lines for FREE, and been turned down! Since they have the right to demand $$$ for the lines, that's the way it has to be!

So check with the power company, or municipal office as the case may be.
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One utility in MD won't even accept a ditch you dug for the conduit. They do it all or nothing.
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jim, would that utility happen to be Pepco?
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Not PEPCO, BGE.

Customer already had excavating equipment on site. Asked about the route and said I will have a ditch ready for you. Rep said no.

They also charged $1500 to move the drop from back side corner to back back corner, less than 1'. Said charge covered new triplex. They used the same triplex. All they did was move anchor.
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For $1500, I might have sued them for it back, if they had lied to me that much.

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