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Hi

 

I'm quoting a job to prune a cherry tree that has electric cables running straight through it. I've worked close to electric cables before but never like this. They're basically bisecting the tree with a lot of branches above them. I'll be pruning it to below the cables. There's also 3 telephone cables in the mix too. Any advice on working in close proximity to electric cables?

 

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Malcolm

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Get them temporarily disconnected (fuses pulled) or if they are in the way I'm sure you can get them dropped but usually costs more. If in doubt ring the supplier, I usually find they are quite helpful becuase they don't like accidents or outages.

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Have you any pics?

They should turn the power off for free and a line drop should be free. If you are just pruning I doubt you will need a line drop.

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Find out who your network operator is (western power, SSE or similar) and contact them. They will either have one of their teams cut around the lines until they judge it safe for you to cut, or they will come out and turn the power off for you.

 

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As already advised get the utility company out, they have teams to look at the job and disconnect etc. and it doesn't cost you anything. They won't be amused if you down their cables and will probably then charge you. I've had Western Power out many times always helpful and glad you involved them from the start.

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As already advised get the utility company out, they have teams to look at the job and disconnect etc. and it doesn't cost you anything. They won't be amused if you down their cables and will probably then charge you. I've had Western Power out many times always helpful and glad you involved them from the start.

 

 

Probably?

You will receive a bill which you think initially is a telephone number, which you can't argue with, and your insurance company will disown you.

Lux, insulated or not makes no difference in correct protocol.

 

 

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Probably?

You will receive a bill which you think initially is a telephone number, which you can't argue with, and your insurance company will disown you.

Lux, insulated or not makes no difference in correct protocol.

 

 

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True about protocol.

 

But on a practical perspective if it's a single insulated cable running through a tree it's not necessary to shut it down. The chap will be arranging shut downs every other week ...

 

If it was an uninsulated distribution cable/s then yes it needs shutting down to work safely around it.

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Not necessary to shut it down but it make sense to. The network arborist recently told me it can save appliances in the even of damaging/pulling wires out. Not to mention your safety. It's a bit more faffing about admittedly but don't cut corners

 

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