Locating power line

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Old 03-30-19, 09:09 PM
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Locating power line

Not really sure where to ask this..

I am starting a small regrading project Monday. Just shaving tops of some bumps in the lawn down. Will use tractor and scraper box.
I have power line buried in the ground, with 25K transformer mid lower property tier.

Is there any quick and dirty way to find out where cable is buried? Problem is, it is not straight shot up from the transformer to the house, panel is offset about 25 feet from transformer to the street distribution box line.
I don't really need to scrape along area in suspect, but it would be nice as I have one sizeable bump there.
I am talking bumps from about 5 inches to maybe a foot tallest ones. I simply want to shave the tops as it is VERY hard to mow over those bumps.
I am NOT going into the ground level anywhere. Just skimming existing tops. I have crap for grading on about an acre.
I know cable is supposed to be buried whatever the code is but who knows, right?
 
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Old 03-30-19, 09:13 PM
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Sure, you call diggers hotline and ask for a locate. It should be buried deeper than you are scraping.
 
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Old 03-31-19, 05:00 AM
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Call 811 and ask them to mark underground utilities. There are no charges.
 
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Old 03-31-19, 05:34 AM
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Unfortunately for you having the line located can take several days but it's well worth it.
 
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Old 03-31-19, 07:22 AM
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Ok, thank you. never knew it. Appreciate this. I can bypass that general area for now, no problem. I'm off entire next week, so I have time.
 
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Old 03-31-19, 07:32 AM
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Request emailed. ****************
 
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Old 04-01-19, 04:48 AM
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Utilities will mark where their buried stuff is left to right, but not how deep. That dimension is left to the person doing the digging. Proceed with caution.
 
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Old 04-01-19, 07:23 AM
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I just need to know what area to stay away from. I am not even skimming on the surface of where the power line is. I have a few low spots there, I'll simply fill them with dirt borrowed from other places high spots.
 
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Old 04-01-19, 09:25 AM
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The utility company power lines should be 2-3 feet deep. I don't think there's anything to worry about when scraping and top dressing the lawn.
 
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Old 04-01-19, 11:01 AM
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Life tought me that usually there is big difference between should and is.
 
 

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