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Old 03-15-2011, 11:56 AM   #16
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Don't we have someone here who usually says: Before you dig. Every dig. It's the law. http://www.missutility.net/

In my town the utility company will come out the next day for homeowners and mark all utilities. The reason I bring this up, is I am presuming you didn't call, because you didn't know the line was there. And.......

I too live in an old house (1805) I have at least two pipes on my property that 'look' like water lines (in fact, they are water lines) but they are not associated with my local utility. They are lines that ran from the well (that is in my basement) out into the yard.

Last. In my town I am responsible for the water line from where it joins the city line to my house - I do have a utility easement (I actually have two). But any problems with the line are my problem. I try to avoid doing things now that will/may make my life harder later.

There is clearly a divergence of opinions on this matter a number of very experienced people have weighed in. Ultimately, you have to decide.

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:59 AM   #17
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Yeah, but they don't mark utility lines under your crawlspace anyway, and when they mark utilities then you're only supposed to hand dig around those areas - which is what I'm doing anyway. I did the first round of digging with a garden trowel.
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And maybe I'm an engineer myself, am I being paranoid? I'm a mechanical engineer working in automotive, not a structural engineer with a PE license.
Told you engineers are paranoid. Mech E in automotive....wish I'd had the forethought as a pup to pursue that. Cool.
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At least here, the locator's provided for free by your local utilities ONLY mark utility owned lines, and certainly will not go into your home to mark those lines. They will mark your water line to the meter, or where it penetrates the home.
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you need to sleeve the wtr line PLUS add more conc & steel reinforcement,,,l IF you want to build properly, exceed your local rqmts,,,think of them as union labor just doing the minimum

You live in WI??? Just wondering...

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