Call Before You Dig #socs

We have been having a lot of underground maintenance done, and any time that happens we have little yellow and orange flags pop up along the street like dandelions, along with color-coordinated spray paint that shows where the gas (yellow flags) and electric (orange flags) lines are. Sometimes the flags show up and it doesn’t appear that they’ve done any actual work in the neighborhood, but we’re hesitant to move the flags anyway, because they might need to know where things are for some time in the future. After about three months, we generally figure they won’t be back and feel comfortable pulling the flags up, particularly when there aren’t any utility trucks in the neighborhood.

We’re lucky in our subdivision because the electrical lines are buried rather being held aboveground by utility poles, like they are in the subdivision behind us. Having the electrical lines underground means there’s less of a chance that lightning will hit them and knock the power out. We have never really had a major power outage at our house. The electricity has gone out on occasion, but doesn’t stay out for hours at a time.

We don’t really give much thought to the electricity otherwise. It just always seems to be there. When it isn’t, we have battery-powered radios just in case, plus I keep a couple of power packs charged up so we can charge our phones and run some small appliances. Which reminds me, I really should get a couple more of them to have on hand…


Stream of consciousness Saturda is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now, here are Bob Cummings and Julie Bishop for Dunhill cigarettes, cork tip or plain end!

12 thoughts on “Call Before You Dig #socs

  1. You ARE lucky to have your electrical lines buried. Our are on poles and we have outages regularly, especially during hurricane season. I’d take those little flags any day.

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    1. It’s a pain having all the work done to bury the utility lines buried, with them having to dig up your lawn and everything, but the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience. Grass can be replanted, as we learned when they had to replace the sewer lines…

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  2. that commercial was a hoot – the cork too or plain part
    but also the way they worried it
    enjoyable
    delightful
    etc
    whew – good marketing

    and then the logo – the long d and other letters like cigarettes

    we sure have come a long way, baby

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  3. We always try to guess by the color of this flags what they are digging for. If yellow is electricity, I wonder what the blue and orange mean? Maybe it’s one and the same. Our power lines are all above ground which explains a lot of our connectivity issues too maybe???

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    1. Here, anyway, yellow usually denotes gas, orange denotes electric, and I don’t think I’ve seen blue (phone or cable, I guess).

      Having the power and phone/cable lines overhead can lead to issues, I would guess…

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  4. We have those little flags sprouting up around us too, John. Unfortunately we also have our electrical lines above ground so lots of poles and wires. Just last week the PG&E trucks were fixing a wire that had come down down the street from us and they are trimming trees all over the neighborhood to get them away from the wires. Not easy to take pictures of the skies that are so beautiful with all the wires in the way!

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