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# 179024 23-Aug-2015 16:05
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There is fibre at our gate, but getting it the ~100m to the house is going to be a problem. It would require tearing up 2/3rds of the driveway, because only 1/3rd has an excavatable grass strip beside it. However, the other 2/3rds does have a storm-water drain running down the side of it in the form of a concrete trench capped with removable concrete slabs.

This drain actually serves dual purposes already, as that's where the water supply for the house was reinstalled after the original one rotted in the earth. What's the probability that they could run a fibre line in that drain as well?

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  # 1372641 23-Aug-2015 19:10
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They could but they won't. Zero chance unfortunately. 

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  # 1372648 23-Aug-2015 19:24
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Depending on what fibre area your in theyll proberly just directional drill it


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  # 1372672 23-Aug-2015 20:13
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Can you post a pic of the drain? There are a couple of people on here who work for chorus and might be able to give you an answer.

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  # 1372743 23-Aug-2015 23:30
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I'll post a pic of the drain tomorrow.

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  # 1373058 24-Aug-2015 13:34
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Ok. Considering that any fence is now fair game to attach fibre to, why not shove it in a drain even?

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  # 1373059 24-Aug-2015 13:39
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Drain with 12" rule for scale:

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  # 1373068 24-Aug-2015 13:47
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I would expect that they would love to just stuff it in there and be done with it.



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Chorus NZ

  # 1374499 26-Aug-2015 10:25
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Chorus have come across similar drains  that can be used instead of drilling or digging.  In principal, placing the ruggedized micro-duct in the drain is an acceptable practice - PROVIDED it is done properly.




We are currently revising our trenching procedures to document an acceptable approach to using a drain in this manner.  The new procedure will be ready to go out to service companies within the next month. e.g.:



If you have an order in the system with an ISP please DM your contact details to me & we will ensure that the option is investigated for you.


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