Digging holes at side of house

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by John Bunyan, Oct 19, 2021.

  1. John Bunyan

    John Bunyan Member

    I'm doing some double gates at the side of a bungalow and wondering if it's safe with services. Face of posts would be in line with face of house and two feet into ground. One against house and one 6 feet apart on party wall line. Thanks
     
  2. Severntrent

    Severntrent Screwfix Select

    Depends if the services are where you are digging
     
  3. jonathanc

    jonathanc Screwfix Select

    If you are digging with a spade then very unlikely you’ll damage armoured electric or even water. Can easily go through telephone cables. If you are digging by machine then it’s a different matter. Would be wise to CAT scan the area in that case
     
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  4. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    It is normally obvious where all the services come from and enter/leave the house. This should give an initial indication of whether they are likely to run through the relevant areas.

    The house where I staying now has a manhole cover at the front corner and another at the rear corner. It is therefore likely that the sewer runs along the side of the house.
     
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  5. chillimonster

    chillimonster Screwfix Select

    when I'm up for gates etc I try the homeowner first then I look for
    sewer manhole covers, water meter covers and look in the house to
    see where their gas and elec come in. They don't always like me rooting
    around but the blame's on you when it goes **** up.
     
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  6. furious_customer

    furious_customer Screwfix Select

    All services should be buried to a minimum of 600mm.
     
  7. chillimonster

    chillimonster Screwfix Select

    services should be buried at this minimum but sometimes aren't.
    I once got called to loose front garden fence post which had only
    been sunk by 300mm. It was resting on the bright yellow pipe of
    the gas board.
     
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  8. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    A don’t think anybody has told Virgin that.
     
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  9. John Bunyan

    John Bunyan Member

    Yes they probably should but having done a bit of research it's obvious that you can't expect that. I'm going to bolt one post to house so no digging there (foundations could also foul it up depending how deep they are). And there's a two foot high party wall from the front gate to the Frontline of the houses so digging a post down at the end of that should be ok.
     
  10. Severntrent

    Severntrent Screwfix Select

    Is that your take on things because that is not the standard
     
  11. furious_customer

    furious_customer Screwfix Select

    Interesting...just discovered the 600mm is for electric cables - gas service pipe can be 375mm in private ground.
     

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