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Part 2 - Your Cobra Is Your Friend

Posted by Fallingditch , 26 April 2015 · 1,419 views

This phase of the project was all about the provision of a temporary electricity supply (see numerous forum posts on this topic).

In short and after a lot of research, I decided to switch from an overhead power supply to the house, to an underground supply, which meant I was responsible for the provision of a 55m trench dug to 450mm depth, a length of polypipe to UK Power specification, and a commitment to UK Power to ensure a draw cord was left in the conduit

After a long discussion about devices for assisting with the insertion of various items into one's conduits, a plan was hatched and the local tool hire company agreed to handle the entire job - which explains the number of boys toys.

Attached Image Diggers brought over the night before.

Attached Image Started at 0700.

Attached Image By 0830 the trench had been dug (nice soil round here).

Attached Image Unrolling the conduit was a bit hairy - its tuff stuff. It was cut to 65m.

Attached Image In fact it developed a kink which subsequently had to be squeezed out with wrenches.

Attached Image The hairy bit: 10:00 and the cobra has had the draw-cord attached with a bowline and insertion commences!

Attached Image Kink in pipe causes Dave to grab hold of Cobra and start violent pumping!

Attached Image 1020 - Cobra emerges!

I also decided to route the incoming BT line underground also. Fortunalty the lane owner agreed to cutting a channel across the land, laying some BT ducting and making good the surface.

Attached Image At the BT pole.

Attached Image BT conduit appearing adjacent electrical conduit.

Attached Image And by 1330, all the trenches were filled in and the lane surface was made good.

Good job!

26 Apr 2015 07:59 PM
See, no need for an amorous pair of ferrets.......
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27 Apr 2015 08:29 PM
Speedy work - nice stuff!
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28 Apr 2015 09:47 PM
I see a bright future for you with BT open reach :D
Regards, nick.
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