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Topic # 113519 19-Jan-2013 10:39
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The bargeboard on my house, where the power and phone are connected, has rotted and needs replacing.
Will be doing the work myself and am looking for suggestions on getting the lines moved/disconnected.

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  Reply # 747289 19-Jan-2013 10:42
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Who is your power provider? I am sure you will need to call them

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  Reply # 747296 19-Jan-2013 11:22
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and your telecomunications service provider can arange for a chorus tech to drop your service lead and possibly provide a temp connection untill you complete your repairs. - charges will most likely apply but it will be cheaper than if they have to put it back together if you take it apart and cont put it back up properly :-)

 

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  Reply # 747324 19-Jan-2013 12:11
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Yes, phone your power lines company. I believe they do it for free because it belongs to them.

Or you may choose to pay for the job and take the wires underground, but if there is no power pit at the boundary which the neighbour paid for then you have to pay $2000 or $4000 (can't remember now) for the power pit (which the neighbour can then use for free).




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  Reply # 747383 19-Jan-2013 15:30
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Thank you.

Phone is with Kinect, internet with Maxnet.

Will phone Kinect and Contact on Monday. If I can get the phone line removed in the morning, get that side done and get the power moved over to the new side, hopefully be little inconvenience. 

The overhead lines don't bother me enough to spend 2-4k on underground :) 

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  Reply # 747414 19-Jan-2013 16:51
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Smoke: If I can get the phone line removed in the morning, get that side done and get the power moved over to the new side, hopefully be little inconvenience. 
 


Careful of that live line you'd be working right next to....

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  Reply # 747439 19-Jan-2013 17:23
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Niel: Yes, phone your power lines company. I believe they do it for free because it belongs to them.

Or you may choose to pay for the job and take the wires underground, but if there is no power pit at the boundary which the neighbour paid for then you have to pay $2000 or $4000 (can't remember now) for the power pit (which the neighbour can then use for free).


Legally the service line (overhead lines in your case) changes ownership at the property boundry line, so you will be charged for it by both your power company to remove your pole fuse and replace it later and your electrician to take down and put back up your service line on the barge board.

Unless you have a very helpful power company or the power company allows your electrician to remove the pole fuse (unlikely) or you know someone who is suitiably qualified and give you mates rates, it won't be cheap.

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  Reply # 747458 19-Jan-2013 17:53
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Last time I checked my power company pulls the fuse for free if you want to do work around the cables to deter people from doing it themselves, and it looks easy enough to move yourself but maybe check with the lines company. I do not have overhead cables any more as we've replaced the old house with a new one and now everything is underground.




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  Reply # 747462 19-Jan-2013 17:58
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Yeah, I just checked the Unison website and they have a free disconnect service for when you're working around the lines. Will make them my first call on Monday.


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  Reply # 747479 19-Jan-2013 18:27
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Niel: Last time I checked my power company pulls the fuse for free if you want to do work around the cables to deter people from doing it themselves, and it looks easy enough to move yourself but maybe check with the lines company. I do not have overhead cables any more as we've replaced the old house with a new one and now everything is underground.


one small small victory from the power company, as far as doing the removal of the lines from the barge boards, unless you are a registered electrician it is illegal for a homeowner to work on the service lines.



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  Reply # 748293 21-Jan-2013 16:45
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Called Unison this morning, guy came around this afternoon while I was out and spoke to the Mrs. They will turn off the power and nothing else.
He said to speak to an electrician, which I did, who said that it's illegal for them to work on anything before the meter.
Will call another electrician tomorrow.

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  Reply # 748301 21-Jan-2013 16:59
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I'd take the opportunity o move the services underground.





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  Reply # 748306 21-Jan-2013 17:09
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In a way I am surprised they still allow people to connect power to barge boards like that.

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