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    Default This is a first for me.

    My boss was called out to an emergency today. Apparently someone was planting trees and shrubs in his back yard. There seemed to be something in the corner of his yard that was in the way of his planting. It was a phone ped and he decided the phone ped had to go. He dug it up, cut the cables that were coming out of the bottom of this thing and then he put it out on the curb with his trash cans. He buried the 300 pr. and the two other smaller cables that were now exposed and planted a shrub over it.

    The phone company was not happy. They showed up and then called the police. The homeowner decided he needed to go run errands and he took off. I haven't heard what happened from there.
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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Too funny. I had that happen to me before but it was only a 25 pr.

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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Love it ! Thats gotta be one to find for sure..
    Id like to hear the report from the field tech to his sup.. "uh, ya the ped's just gone.. missing.."
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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Hey Steve - That's some funny stuff! My AT&T techs would have a blast on a trouble call like that! The homeowner must have used an axe to whack those cables. He surely didn't have the right tools to make it an easy job.


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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Nice Cable Cutters !

    In Oz we call them Pillars or Cabinets,
    Heres one I got called to while I was a Telstra Liney


    I can relate to the guy wanting to get rid of his, Mostly they try to bury them in shrubbery so we cant find them !!

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    If it's an AT&T ped they will try and find a way to charge the Locator in the area with the damage.
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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Two years ago I did a damage callout for a hit phone cable, a homeowner was repairing his fence and did not bother to call in a locate request, and hit a 600 pair and an electric primary, I marked out everything so that AT&T and Comed could dig it up and repair their cables, and hand a bill to the homeowner for $8000.00 for the repair. The following week the same guy hit the AT&T line again, right between the two brand new pedestals that were installed from the last hit, and again without calling in a locate request.

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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Some people are just stupid. I had peds disappear a couple times in the past. Twice it was a developer that didn't want to pay to have the peds moved for the new sidewalk so they dig down far enough so they could lay the ped on it's side and then pour the sidewalk over it. Now they are in essense buried splices.

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    Default Re: This is a first for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    Some people are just stupid. I had peds disappear a couple times in the past. Twice it was a developer that didn't want to pay to have the peds moved for the new sidewalk so they dig down far enough so they could lay the ped on it's side and then pour the sidewalk over it. Now they are in essense buried splices.
    But they are not "enclosed" splices. Water loves to mess with the unsealed connections in a phone ped. I have had many peds and transformers disappear on me over the years. I have one that a road was built and paved, right over top of the ped, and there are 6 cables in that ped. Talk about a pain in the ass to locate, this one sure is.
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