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Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:51:09 -0500
Thanks, Ken, but I didn't make my self clear. What I referred to as a support cable is actually a bare, stranded metal cable running from pole to pole. The plastic multi-stranded bundle of signal cables was wrapped to the support cable by winding the cable and bundle together with what appears to be stainless wire.  When an ice-coated pine tree fell across the wires, the stranded metal cable was snapped and the signal cable bundle sagged beneath the tree, but did not break. The stainless coil sprang back on the signal cable and the stranded cable is dangling down to my fence.

What I need is an overhead cable repair. You can see an earlier swage splice in the photo above.

On 9/30/21 8:20 PM, Ken Norton wrote:

Probably what I would do is call 811 (Tennessee's locate service,
1-800-351-1111). Inform them that you plan on digging up the broken
support cable anchor as pole itself does not appear to be in service
as the lines are all sagging.

When a locate is done, the underground lines are all marked, of
course, but also any oddities are noted and passed on to the owners of
the various utilities. The nice thing about Tenn811 is that you don't
have to worry about trying to navigate the various ownerships of the
infrastructure as they know. Most states have a similar "one call,
call before you dig" number.

As a side note, once the locate is done and any unmarked cables
actually laying on the ground are free game for "accidental mowing"
when you are in your approved dig dates. However, any marked cables
that you do destroy will result in a hefty fine and repair fees.

Up here, we have to deal with damage from firearms.

AK Schnozz

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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