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#526 OFFLINE   veryoldschool


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 10:27 AM

Best practices would have been to put it in a trench ... perhaps between the driveway and the fence to the garage if the driveway could not be trenched.

And use conduit too.


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:01 PM

The driveway seems to be behind the dish. The gap in the fence is far from the roadway. It looks like a well worn path between the two properties but probably not "public". I cannot tell how tall the fence is ... at 5ft it would be a problem for me, at 6ft I would need to duck. It does not appear to be low enough to catch a person off guard and "clothesline" them. Where the cable crosses the driveway back to the house the height looks good.

Best practices would have been to put it in a trench ... perhaps between the driveway and the fence to the garage if the driveway could not be trenched.


I'm tryin' to go 'green' so I am puttin' up a clothesline in the back yard.

I checked local codes first and there are no restrictions pertaining to

such, but just to be on the safe side and to help minimize any chance

of injury or liability, I'm going to reroute the clothesline and bury it. :sure:


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 09:44 PM

"Clothesline" is a serious type of injury to the neck or face, generally cause when a rider of a vehicle such as an ATV hits a wire extended across their path. The term is also used when a person is hit in the face or neck by an outstretched arm (such as in WWE).

One of my high school classmates died of such an injury while riding a dirt bike. He apparently did not see a wire gate stretched across the entrance to a farmer's field. The wire did not have a sign or flags or other markings to make it clearly visible.
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 03:52 PM

All I can say is Start over!!!!!

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:56 AM

While the whole thing is a bunch of garbage, I don't think an aerial line is against any law as Cable companies do it all the time.
Now how it's done isn't like anything I see there.
Looks like there are the remnants of three systems:
1) the old legacy WB68s,
2) upgrade to SWiM-16

Wonder what the recycle value is for the dead cables & hardware. !rolling

Haha, yeah there was soooo much old, unused equipment left there... I was happy to leave with a perfectly fine swm16 though haha!
The pole is on an old parking lot next to the house. It's a 'old house' type of hotel across the driveway. I'd say the lines going across the fence are 6' high.. I don't know if this was installed by a sub or what but a lot if people have worked on it over the years. But no one wanted to rebuild it I guess. Definitely a rebuild.

Definitely the ugliest install I have EVER seen, and I've seen some terrible work.... it's almost impressive how awful it is lol

Also, I'm pretty sure the lot it's on is their property.. so that's something I guess!

Edited by Masshole1225, 20 April 2016 - 09:57 AM.

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 12:12 AM

As far as "trenching" a driveway is concerned, a very practical alternative is to dig a two foot long trench on one side of the driveway, and get a bunch of 18" long plumbing pipe "nipples" and a bunch of couplers and a couple of end caps and use a sledge hammer to drive the sections through to the other side.  I've done it under 6 foot wide walkways, and if I had to, I could have gone further.


Keep in mind that an installer who is doing contract installation is not going to work all day for free, and an installer who is on hourly will "disappoint" his employer if he spends twice the allotted time doing an ideal job when the labor needed to do so far exceeds the allotted or budgeted time.

Edited by AntAltMike, 02 May 2016 - 12:25 PM.

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