Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

12 posts


#259739 18-Oct-2019 15:06
Send private message quote this post

Sorry that looks a bit long, but the gist of the question is: How can the underground telephone cable be located - the Chorus subcontractor does not have any 21st century tools for that (they are good with the tools they have, no disrespect).


I have recently placed an order for fibre, and was told there would be a scoping meeting on Monday (21 Oct), with install planned for Thursday (24 Oct).


This morning (Friday, 18 Oct) a Chorus van appeared, and the two staff said they were in the area and wanted to check the situation out, and maybe do the work right there and then.


I was surprised (and kind of delighted), showed them what I thought needed to happen, and they agreed with my suggestion for installation. Quickly they set to work, finding the power pole which brings the copper underground and to our house. Unfortunately, it turned out that there was a snag in the tubing, located under the driveway (the junction box at the house is to the side of the driveway). So maybe we would have to probe with holes through the concrete and the like, stuff that I was not prepared for, saying that I preferred to wait for the scoping meeting. To which the answer was that that would be the same two people, coming again on Monday. So we agreed that I would start digging beside the driveway, or dream something up by that stage.


Importantly, I have to add that the straight line between junction box and power pole completely avoids the driveway, and the existing cable must by the laws of geometry cross the edge of the drive again on its way to the power pole.  (Driveway goes North to South, junction box and power pole are to the East, but phone cable reaches the junction box from the West.)


So maybe I should dig along the driveway - but this is Titirangi, and there are roots and rocks and I have no idea how deep to dig in search for the re-emergence of the telephone cable (with a view of creating a shortcut to the junction box. (Blame a contractor in prehistoric times for a no doubt arty layout of cables...).


1. Can I find someone who would detect the underground route of the telephone cable?
2. Our experience this morning did not follow the scoping-agreeing-building protocol, avoiding all signatures and formalities. Should I insist on that protocol? And is it normal that the same contractor does the lot?


Any help welcome!

Create new topic

This is a filtered page: currently showing replies marked as answers. Click here to see full discussion.

12 posts


  #2391341 13-Jan-2020 21:10
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Oooops, I should have posted a follow-up, thanks for the reminder.


Things worked out quite well, by contacting and registering a job.


One of their technicians came out within a couple of days (if memory serves) and with his supersized toner gadget quickly found the spot where the cable re-emerged from under the drive. It was buried just a fraction deeper than I had been digging. I could then dig a proper hole at that spot for the installers to pierce the old conduit and pull the fibre through.


Happy with the outcome. The only question would be: why did the installers not point me in the right direction, but insisted that there was no way to find the route of the cable other than digging up the driveway? 

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Vodafone and Imperial College London invite smartphone users to help fight diseases
Posted 9-Apr-2020 11:09

Unisys Always-On Access Powered by Stealth provides fast, encrypted remote access for workers
Posted 9-Apr-2020 10:00

Intel introduces 10th Gen Intel Core H-series for mobile devices
Posted 2-Apr-2020 21:09

COVID-19: new charitable initiative to fund remote monitoring for at-risk patients
Posted 2-Apr-2020 11:07

Huawei introduces the P40 Series of Android-based smartphones
Posted 31-Mar-2020 17:03

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip now available for pre-order in New Zealand
Posted 31-Mar-2020 16:39

New online learning platform for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 lockdown
Posted 26-Mar-2020 21:35

New 5G Nokia smartphone unveiled as portfolio expands
Posted 26-Mar-2020 17:11

D-Link ANZ launches wireless AC1200 4G LTE router
Posted 26-Mar-2020 16:32

Ring introduces two new video doorbells and new pre-roll technology
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:59

OPPO uncovers flagship Find X2 Pro smartphone
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:54

D-Link COVR-2202 mesh Wi-Fi system now protected by McAfee
Posted 17-Mar-2020 16:00

Spark Sport opens its platform up to all New Zealanders at no charge
Posted 17-Mar-2020 10:04

Spark launches 5G Starter Fund
Posted 8-Mar-2020 19:19

TRENDnet launches high-performance WiFi Mesh Router System
Posted 5-Mar-2020 08:48

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.