Underground Electric

Today our electric crew worked in unison with excavators to complete the burying of power lines at our Lexington addition. The homeowners decided to run the homes electrical hook-ups underground from the street to the house to give the addition a sleeker look. To do this, the crews dug a trench from the house’s electric box to the closest telephone pole. The trench was 2 feet wide, 4 feet deep, and over 40 feet long.

Town regulations mandate that the wires must be at least 3 ½ feet underground and protected with PVC piping.  The crews made the trench 4 feet to accommodate 6 inches of sand, which was placed under the PVC piping, to prevent erosion. Our electricians laid 3 pipes in the ground, one for the homes power, one for Verizon services, and one for Comcast services.  Although the homeowners know which service they will be using, this gives them the option to switch carriers at any time without doing any additional digging.

Since the running of wires took more than one day, before the crews finished work for the day yesterday, they ran “caution” tape along both sides of the trench and additionally put sheets of plywood over the sidewalk to prevent any possibility of somebody being injured. Today the electricians completed the electrical hook-ups on both ends of the wires and sealed the pipes. The excavators then filled in the trench. At the end of the project, the driveway will be repaved and the lawn will have new sod laid down for a seamless look.

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Underground Electric