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What is Blue Ridge’s policy regarding underground conduit and prewiring specifications?

If a customer/building contractor chooses to use an open trench, our requirements are as follows:*  Blue Ridge Communications will lay cable wire in an open trench provided the trench is 24 inches deep and the first 6” of backfill in trench must be filled with topsoil or sand, no stone.  After cable is laid in open trench another 6” of topsoil or sand must cover our cable.  Earth removed from the trench excavation can be put back into the trench provided it does not contain any rocks larger than three inches in diameter.  *  Two days notice for trenches less than 350 feet is required as to when a trench will be open.* Two weeks notice for trenches more than 350’ is required as to when a trench will be open for engineering purposes.* Open trenches for individual homes/businesses over 500’ will be charged a $2.00 a foot for anything over 500’, plus any line extension costs according to BRCTV line extension policy.  There is not a charge to lay wire in main trenches for developments.   If a customer/building contractor chooses to use conduit, our conduit requirements are as follows: * 0’-150’ of underground requires 2” or 3”  scheduled 40 PVC  * Over 150’ of underground requires 4”  scheduled 40 PVC* All Conduits must have proper pull ropes (no strings)* Must have sweeps or preferred 45 degree sweeps* No 90 degree fittings* Due to phone companies adhering to policy of not sharing the same conduit as the cable company or other utility companies, a separate conduit must be provided for each service.* All road crossings will require one 4” scheduled 40 PVC regardless of length involved.For Pre-wiring purposes:*All interior wire must be “RG-6” foil wrapped 100% shielded coaxial wire* All interior wiring must be home runs from a wall case to a common utility entry point outside of the building with sufficient cable on each end to accommodate routing and connectorizing* Do not compress wire with staples, if a staple gun is used it should be an “Arrow T-59P” or equivalent, wire compression can cause service problems* Provide wall plates for all interior service points To avoid any future cable difficulties, please follow these requirements.  Should you have any questions regarding our service requirements, please contact us at 1-800-426-0606.
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