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By Jaybles

United Kingdom Gb

describe the hazards of underground services and how to avoid these




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Exam question alert!

28 Feb, 2011

 

sparks when you hit a power cable. armour or a rubber spade :o)

28 Feb, 2011

 

I thought this was a question about London Underground...

28 Feb, 2011

 

avoid tree roots?

28 Feb, 2011

 

Lol, Bamboo, my thoughts exactly when I read the question! : o ))

28 Feb, 2011

 

Does the UK have an equivalent to our Blue Stake service?

1 Mar, 2011

 

don't forget the snorkel and flippers when bursting a water main, or a gas mask for gas pipes.

1 Mar, 2011

 

Definitely an exam question Beattie... we can spot them a mile off now :-)

1 Mar, 2011

 

No smoking if you hit a gas pipe, it does more an singe your hair i know

1 Mar, 2011

 

You should always know were your services are most of all the stop taps

1 Mar, 2011

 

Farmer near here hit a water main in 5 places and sent a fountain 200 feet into the air. He was not popular.

1 Mar, 2011

 

Owdboggy he didn't stop a the first hit,i now go back for another go,another. he throught no one would notice

1 Mar, 2011

 

Oh you rotten lot, lol;-))) Jaybles, do the work... or you won't really know what you're doing if you work in horticulture. Lord knows there's enough of those about as it is...

1 Mar, 2011

 

I had to google "Blue Stake" Tug. I don't think we do. We can tell when our roads are going to be dug up - all the services providers send someone round with an aerosol of paint to mark where their pipes, cables or whatever are. Gradually a network of different coloured lines appears on the road and pavement, each one drawn by a different person in a different van. Your system sounds much more efficient.

1 Mar, 2011

 

I've not heard of anything similar in the UK, especially on private land. That pipes, cables etc. are normally buried too deeply to be affected by normal gardening activity.

There is an oil pipeline goes from the harbour at Inverness to the two RAF stations, it goes under farming land in places and, so far as I know, has never been fractured.

1 Mar, 2011

 

Moon grower, pipes, cables are to be a min of 18inch's, I've found a gas pipe to a house in the back garden and it was 2 inch's deep, pipe not on any plans, cut through with a spade, singe hair and burns to my chest and face (work mate smoking)
also 11000 volt cable 3 inch's deep went through that one with a digger maked on plans but 10 feet away
yes you do need to be care full
some time people will not do thing right in the first place

1 Mar, 2011

 

When we moved in here 30+ years ago we had to dig our own trench for the BT line to be buried, unfortunately the OH forgot we had buried it and stuck a spade in the grass and split the cable in two. Well it was a few years later on. LOL We had a nice BT engineer who said he would fix it and not charge us could have cost a lot of money if he hadn't been a kind man. OH does not get a spade out these days. lol. only under supervision. lol. Think he knew what he was doing really! Leaving the gardening to me! Only problem there is I might be the next one to dig it up because I keep chopping out the grass for bigger borders. Ah well it will stop all the nuisance phone calls I keep getting.

2 Mar, 2011

 

Oliveoil - register with the Telephone Preference Service to stop nuisance calls! I did this for my Mum - no more of these calls now. : o )

3 Mar, 2011

 

Shirley did that many years ago, it didn't stop the calls from these 0800 or 0845 numbers they are an absolute pain, I have told everyone to ring me on my mobile during the day because I will not answer the house phone, it is the only way I can get stuff done somedays. They are an absolute pain, think they get your name off the electoral roll or if you fill in surveys etc. I never give out my mobile number that way they cannot get me on that. If I didn't rely on the phone line for computer connection I would do away with it - don't use it now use my mobile because my contract is cheap and I get lots of free calls.

3 Mar, 2011

 

I registered our number with the TPS - it really works, and if anyone cold-calls after a month you can report them to the TPS. They could get fined £1000. Once you mention the TPS they can't ring off quick enough! We still get calls for someone we've never heard of. I think a bank somewhere has the wrong number down for one of their customers, but that's a different problem.

You can choose not to have your details on display when you fill in the Electoral Register form. Have a look for it next time. And we went ex-directory too - that was easy to do when we moved.

3 Mar, 2011

 

This is interesting ... my Mum is 84 & lives alone ... when I rang the other day she wouldn't answer the call as was so fed up with 'an Indian man' asking for details of home ownership etc.! I went on-line to TPS ... gave up filling out the form as could not tell them name of company or their number as it's withheld! The worst ones are the taped messages telling you you've won a holiday to Florida ... amazing as we haven't entered the competition ... lol!

3 Mar, 2011

 

Yes Shirley I get withheld numbers calling too, my phone has answer machine on it so if it is anyone who really needs to speak to me they leave a message, that way I can filter my calls also. I set the machine to ring only 4 times before the answer machine kicks in it is quite funny how many calls switch off when the answer machine comes on.

3 Mar, 2011

 

Oh god we get those too and we have TPS which does not seem to work! The asian phone reps. who call drive me nuts! I simply can't understand what they are saying on the phone so I hang up... then they call back. I also got quite cross with a few of the charities we support that took to phoning and asking us to increase our monthly DD. I was so cross at the way one spoke to me that I reported him to the charity. Result a very polite and apologetic call from the actual charity. They don't make these calls themselves they outsourced. When they listened to the call made to me, apparently they are all recorded, the charity worker was horrified. So we just need to complain.

3 Mar, 2011

 

Shirleytulip, a tip for your mother, poor woman - you can get rid of people like that very, very easily - tell them you're a tenant, not an owner, that you pay rent to a landlord, in other words, and you're claiming benefits of some kind. The caller's off that phone in a heartbeat, works a treat. As for the rest, be very, very discourteous and rude - I find it works every time. The trouble with we British is we're very concerned with not upsetting people and remaining courteous - that's how the salesman gets you to sign that new contract when you don't really want to. If I get a call from someone who says anything like, hi, this is John from 'any company I know nowt about and have no dealings with', I immediately interrupt and say is this is a sales call - they never answer, just waffle, at which point I interrupt again and say I'm not interested, don't call my number again, you're interfering with my day. And they don't usually ring again...

3 Mar, 2011

 

Withheld phone number message on 1471
caller withheld number is company in UK
don't have callers number is company out side of UK

3 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks for that info Jiffy, I did not know that, wondered why they said something different.

3 Mar, 2011

 

Um, not sure that's correct, Jiffy - if you dial 141 before you dial number, the person who receives the call, on doing 1471, gets a 'caller withheld their number' message. If the number is permanently blocked with the caller's phone service provider, you get a 1471 message that says 'we do not have the caller's number'. So that may, or may not, be a UK call.

3 Mar, 2011

 

Bamboo, I would certainly take your advice on board, but my dear old Mum is too pleasant to be discourteous to anyone & has mild vascular dementia, so the chances of her remembering to 'fib' about being a tenant are slim to none ... lol! The caller never rings when I'm there, if only he would, I'd ensure he didn't call her again! : o )

3 Mar, 2011

 

Oh its so unfair when they bother someone who's not in complete possession of their faculties - my ma had similar troubles, with a similar health problem - she's in a home now.

4 Mar, 2011

 

It's a horrible complaint, this vascular dementia, but Mum has good and bad days, her favourite saying right now is "My brain's had it, time I wasn't here!" which is so very sad. I'll be gardening at her place tomorrow and will answer any calls she has. Doubtful tele-sales will ring on a Saturday though! I wonder what Jaybles, who asked the question, thinks of all this ... lol!

4 Mar, 2011

 

Very sad Shirley, but she has you to help and she and you obviously have a good relationship, well done for being such a supportive person, I don't know whether I could cope with dementia, it is such a horrible condition. Have you seen the latest science on this from America, out yesterday, they are holding out hope at least for a cure on this. Hope you have a good day with your mum today. best wishes - Barbara

5 Mar, 2011

 

The stem cell implantation story? The scientists think in another 10 years there may be a cure! Let's hope they're right. I've mown & edged both lawns for Mum today, she manages to tidy the garden occasionally, if the weather is good enough! Thanks for your wishes, Barbara. : o )

5 Mar, 2011

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