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Topic # 144169 9-May-2014 13:36
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Hi all

 

I’ve just arranged for UFB via Telecom. I’m in Christchurch so Enable will be doing the install. Enable should call me next week to arrange the scoping visit.

 

I’m curious as to what standard they’ll fix our driveway/garden after laying the cable. Just prior to us purchasing the house, a brand new tar sealed driveway was laid and my wife doesn’t want this to be patched following the install.

 

I’ve searched geekzone and can’t find that much on what they actually do, although from this website (http://nzufbbishopdale.blogspot.co.nz/) , it looks like they can go under the driveway.

 

I’m not expecting our install to be technically difficult, the house is probably about 10m from where the roadside.

 

Can anyone please explain this part of the process to me?

 

Thanks

 

Robin

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  Reply # 1040854 9-May-2014 14:30
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Depending on the age of the house you may or may not have a small green duct between your External Termination Point (ETP) and the phone pillar outside your property, if you do then no problem, they will simply pull out your existing phone wire using it as a draw wire to pull in the new fibre. If you don't have the duct from your house to the phone pillar then it's time to dig a trench, exactly what they will and will not do, I'm not sure.

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  Reply # 1040856 9-May-2014 14:40
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I'm no expert but I had similar concerns to you when I had fibre installed to my house, particularly after being told that Design & build work would be required.  As it turns out they went under a  couple of driveways (I'm down a ROW) without having to break the surface of either one.  I wasn't there for when they went under the driveway that's not mine but after phoning them to ask when they would be coming back they said they were all done.  This was to go from the road to the grey pedestal at the edge of my section.  In the end not sure if they used existing ducting or if they had to thrust it through underground.
I was there when they went to run the cable from the edge of the section to the house.  The first crew said the existing ducting wasn't wide enough and summoned another crew to come and go under, and I was assured the thruster could easily mole the 10 or so metres under ground, i.e no need to damage the asphalt.  The second mob arrived and promptly said...nah, existing ducting is fine ... 30 minutes later the fibre was at the side of the house.


TL;DR I believe their underground thruster should be able to cover 10 metres

PM me if you want to talk further or see some photos, I 've felt the anxiety that people can feel over things like this.




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  Reply # 1040857 9-May-2014 14:40
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gregmcc: Depending on the age of the house you may or may not have a small green duct between your External Termination Point (ETP) and the phone pillar outside your property, if you do then no problem, they will simply pull out your existing phone wire using it as a draw wire to pull in the new fibre. If you don't have the duct from your house to the phone pillar then it's time to dig a trench, exactly what they will and will not do, I'm not sure.


As this will be an Enable install the existing coinduit (if one exists) isnt Enables so want be used for this install (only Chorus can use the Chorus conduits for UFB)



To the OP: Enable would have left a small red tube either sticking up in the air or buiried @ the front of your property and they normaly thriust from there to the side of your house - the scopper will explain exactly how they propose to hook you up when they visit.



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  Reply # 1041931 12-May-2014 02:52
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Thanks for the comments all. It gives me (and my wife hope) that they won't have to dig up much of our garden. I'll wait to see what the scoper has to say.

Cheers

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  Reply # 1042588 12-May-2014 19:15

Neighbour was done last week by Enable.
Dug up 500mm square on footpath to get to tubes under their small white marker post.
Two 1200mm x 300mm holes cut in lawn about 3m apart.
Hole dug in garden next to house.

Neighbour not overly happy with the rough relay of lawn turf. He has been out tidying it up.

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