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Topic # 64535 17-Jul-2010 11:59
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Hi there,

We're moving into a rental which is only ~1-2 months old so hasn't been lived in. The apartment is at the rear of the property separate to 4 apartments in the front of the property which are joined together. For some reason the owner had the front 4 units in front wired up to Telecom and the rear wired up to Telstra only.

In order to get the rear wired up for Telecom a cable will need to run from the Telecom thing at the front of the property to the rear which means that, I assume, trenching will be required. Is trenching actually required or are they able to just use PVC tubing or whatever? Access is limited and requires a ladder to get up there

Can someone advise if Chorus will trench while they go or will I be required to organise it to be trenched beforehand? If so can anyone advise a company in Wellington that can do this?

I've attached a picture in case I'm not making sense. Appears to have cropped some of the words off. The ground the cable will run along is soil, up a bank which is ~3 meters high



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  Reply # 352636 17-Jul-2010 12:57
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Hi, you will need to ring them and open an account for the new address, they will do nothing till an account number is on the system.

Then get Chorus out to view and propose how they want to proceed, normally they will want to trench the cable (in Telecom green 20mm conduit) underground to the rear unit. If however they cannot dig in, (ie concrete between righthand unit and retaining wall), then they may entertain running conduit above ground along the retaining wall, at this point you will need to establish what the costs will be ( think they have a $500 cap but not too sure).

If you are not happy with the cost they quote then based on how they wish to proceed with works you can have that undertaken by an independant contractor, who may or may not be cheaper, PM me if you get to that point and what a price.

Cyril



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  Reply # 352644 17-Jul-2010 13:12
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Thanks for your response Cyril

We're currently a Telecom customer so are just transferring our existing stuff across and they're aware that the property requires a cable run from the street. We have it booked in for the 23rd but I don't think they realise the work required other than me telling them that it isn't wired for Telecom yet

Will do

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  Reply # 352648 17-Jul-2010 13:33
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Hi, in the following link you can see the charges that can be used, obviously the one you need to be aware of is the POA, and as I remember recently a rural setting with a pedastal at the gate but Telecom had to run the line 150m up the drive (mole plowed in) and it topped out at $500 which as I understand it is a ceiling for most (but not all) scenario's

http://www.telecom.co.nz/homeline

Cyril

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