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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 1st Jul 18, 11:57 PM
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    Unknown cable
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    • 1st Jul 18, 11:57 PM
    Unknown cable 1st Jul 18 at 11:57 PM
    Not sure if this post is in the right area.

    I'm in the process of laying a patio and digging up the garden I came across a light grey cable which is about 1.5 inches in diameter and runs along the whole area that's to be patioed. I can't find anywhere the cable comes into the house.

    I have checked with the electrical company and they say it's not one of theirs.

    Does anybody know what the cable is and who it belongs to?

    Grateful for any feedback.

    Thanks
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    • Nilrem
    • By Nilrem 2nd Jul 18, 12:04 AM
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    Is it actually a cable and not a pipe or duct?
    If you carefully expose some more of it, if it's a cable it'll usually have the cable type embossed or stamped every X inches (IIRC external grade cabling usually has it in raised lettering).

    Can you post a picture?

    1.5" diameter sounds a little large for most electrical cables (even armoured cable for a single house is usually about an inch or less), but does sound about right for some ducting types, or a sink waste pipe (which I wouldn't put it beyond someone to use as ducting for cabling to a shed or garage), it may even be a water pipe but it's the wrong colour (with the exception of some older waste pipes).
    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 2nd Jul 18, 12:16 AM
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    I will take a look for any stamps in the morning, but the cable comes in from the street.
    • stator
    • By stator 2nd Jul 18, 1:19 AM
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    Virgin Media?
    If you follow the direction of the cable to the street is there a small hinged lid/cover in the pavement in that area? They can be quite small. It might say CATV on it.

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    • By Norman Castle 2nd Jul 18, 7:45 AM
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    Could it be a sleeve for a cable? Does it sound hollow?
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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 2nd Jul 18, 7:49 AM
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    Quite probably a duct for electric or possibly phone
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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 2nd Jul 18, 8:05 AM
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    Virgin Media?
    If you follow the direction of the cable to the street is there a small hinged lid/cover in the pavement in that area? They can be quite small. It might say CATV on it.

    Originally posted by stator
    Followed the cable but there's nothing on the street only water lid/cover.

    A very small section of the cable is exposed and inside is grey/silver fibres.
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 2nd Jul 18, 8:20 AM
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    A very small section of the cable is exposed and inside is grey/silver fibres.
    Originally posted by pennysweets

    That sounds like telephone - its in a duct to make it easier to replace if necessary.
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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 2nd Jul 18, 8:29 AM
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    • 2nd Jul 18, 8:29 AM
    Do I contact the telephone company? (My provider/openreach)?
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 2nd Jul 18, 8:30 AM
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    You can't contact Openreach yourself - you need to go through your supplier.

    Is this duct actually in the way ?
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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 2nd Jul 18, 9:08 AM
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    You can't contact Openreach yourself - you need to go through your supplier.

    Is this duct actually in the way ?
    Originally posted by Robin9
    It was buried under soil which has been dug exposing the cable/duct. A patio will be layed on top of the cable. Question is, if there's a fault with the cable in the future, will the whole patio have to be dug up?
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 2nd Jul 18, 9:57 AM
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    Depends on what the service it. It sounds like you've got an openreach cable carrying multiple pairs. But if it was that it should be in a grey duct. How much have you exposed? Can you take some photos?
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    • stator
    • By stator 2nd Jul 18, 4:07 PM
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    Put in a spare duct, with several pieces of string going the full length of the duct. That way if the cable needs replacing, you can just pull it through the duct without digging it up
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 2nd Jul 18, 6:06 PM
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    A very small section of the cable is exposed and inside is grey/silver fibres.
    Originally posted by pennysweets
    We need a photo. With a ruler next to it for scale.

    'grey/silver fibres' could mean anything from optical fibre to damaged SWA or SY cable carrying mains voltage.
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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 2nd Jul 18, 9:32 PM
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    Got a photo but struggling to attach. Guess that's a question for another forum.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 2nd Jul 18, 11:15 PM
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    You can't attach a photo to a message on MSE. Use a picture hosting site eg tinypic and paste the URL in to a message.
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    • pennysweets
    • By pennysweets 3rd Jul 18, 12:01 AM
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    You can't attach a photo to a message on MSE. Use a picture hosting site eg tinypic and paste the URL in to a message.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    That's what I'm trying to do. I'm using flikr but when I preview the message it shows the picture within my flikr account home page (which shows my personal details) as opposed to the picture only. Thanks
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 3rd Jul 18, 8:32 AM
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    That's what I'm trying to do. I'm using flikr but when I preview the message it shows the picture within my flikr account home page (which shows my personal details) as opposed to the picture only. Thanks
    Originally posted by pennysweets
    Open a new flikr account called pennysweets, or use a different host.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 3rd Jul 18, 8:37 PM
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    Just use tinypic. Gets the job done, and I think they delete your pic after x months of not being looked at.
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    • Waldir
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    Cut it and see what stops working?
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