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Old 02-20-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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I want to install a cleanout on the side of my house. According to a plumber that came over for another issue I was having, he said the main line was probably 2-3 feet off of to the side of the house. My neighbor also has a clean out, and indeed it's about 2-3 feet off of the house.

I'm planning to dig down to the line, and then I'll hire a plumber to install a clean out.

To make things as easy as possible for the plumber, how wide do I need to dig the whole?

For my own sake, how deep might the main pipe be, and should I be worried about hitting it too hard with a shovel (PVC pipe) or should it hold up just fine?

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Hire the plumber and ask him what he wants and where to dig. Then there will be no excuses.

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well first before digging you should have all utilities located so not hit one of them and cause a lot of work which is usually free and depending on what state you are in it can be done in just one phone call
hate to see you hit a plastic gas line or underground electric wire

as far as depth can you see pipe inside a crawl or basement then measure from a reference that you can transfer to the outside of house

as far as width that is depending on how deep you have to dig and what your soil composition is
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Wait and ask your plumber what hge wants for a trench before spending a lot of time digging,if the sewer is 8' plus underground youre better off just letting the plumber dig the hole with a back hoe or mini exc.
You also need to worry about burying yourself in a deep trench to save a few bucks unless you know what youre doing,lots of people get hurt doing that every year.
And always remember the first rule of sewer laying:Throw your wallet out before you go in the ditch so they dont have to dig you out to buy beer at the end of the day!
Thats how you can tell an old plumber,theyll toss their wallet out of the hole before starting!
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