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  # 1372371 23-Aug-2015 11:05
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600mm deep is only 2 feet - into sand! (With concrete placed in hole)
It is New Brighton - so all sand!

It is a 1.8 metre Coloursteel Panel Fence.

Interesting that if the power cable is on my mate's property at any point - there is a legal precedence that states it is the network (Orion) operators problem!

Yes - the corner boundary pegs are there.

Will see what Monday brings!


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  # 1372382 23-Aug-2015 11:15
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andrewNZ: The first thing th check is whether it really is the mains for the new house, or the remains of an old installation.

At this point, there is no proof it is non compliant either. If the cable was thrust or bored marker tape may not be required. I'm curious to know how deep it is though.

I imagine there is more than just electrical regulations to read. You probably need to check the building and property rules too. There are loads of acts, codes, and regulations about buildings and or electricity, and any one of those could contain clauses relating to this.

600mm sounds deep for a post in a town boundary fence. What kind of fence are they putting up?


should be a ratio of 3:1 for a 1.8m fence post, 3 out and 1 in the ground, so a 1.8m fence needs 600mm in the ground, pretty standard. plus fence posts are 2.4m long :)



 
 
 
 


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  # 1372384 23-Aug-2015 11:17
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msukiwi: 600mm deep is only 2 feet - into sand! (With concrete placed in hole)
It is New Brighton - so all sand!

It is a 1.8 metre Coloursteel Panel Fence.

Interesting that if the power cable is on my mate's property at any point - there is a legal precedence that states it is the network (Orion) operators problem!

Yes - the corner boundary pegs are there.

Will see what Monday brings!



It's only Orion's problem from your front boundary to the service connection (Pole or fuse pillar), on your mates property that's between you and your mate to sort out.



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  # 1372389 23-Aug-2015 11:22
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andrewNZ: The first thing th check is whether it really is the mains for the new house, or the remains of an old installation.

At this point, there is no proof it is non compliant either. If the cable was thrust or bored marker tape may not be required. I'm curious to know how deep it is though.

I imagine there is more than just electrical regulations to read. You probably need to check the building and property rules too. There are loads of acts, codes, and regulations about buildings and or electricity, and any one of those could contain clauses relating to this.

600mm sounds deep for a post in a town boundary fence. What kind of fence are they putting up?


If it's going to be use as the mains for the new house, then it's obviously non-compliant, if it was thrust or bored then it would have had an duct and the cable would be inside not direct buried as the OP said..

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  # 1372406 23-Aug-2015 12:02
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A neutral screened cable isn't that big. Surely a big enough hole could be dug and the cable could be gently 'nudged' out of the way?

Just don't dig with machinery and use a good old spade.



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  # 1397043 30-Sep-2015 08:30
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This has now been resolved.
After the Electrical Registration board was contacted by an "Inspector" the electrician apparently rerouted the cable under the concrete path.
(Unhappily! - and without the homeowner aware the power was going off and without any prior contact etc!)
The fence has now been built.
Why can't people do things right the first time?
Thanks to everyone who helped with the initial question.
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  # 1397279 30-Sep-2015 12:26
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msukiwi: Why can't people do things right the first time?


Shortcuts and "she'll be right" attitude are the kiwi way so you have to watch everyone like a hawk. Just like last week when I had some new tyres fitted to the car - I watched him do it and once he'd finished putting them back on and dropping the car and wheeling the jack away I told him to take the wheels back off and balance them. Unbelievable. They had been fitted on the tyre machine right next to the balancer!

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