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Pruning by a BT cable

One of my customers has a rambling rose that now is touching overhead BT cables. The chap who has been doing their hedge trimming for years will not prune the rose due to it's proximity to the cables. Does anyone have any experience of working around cables and all that entails in terms of liaising with BT (is that necessary?) and finding someone who presumably has insurance to do such work.

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  • Can't see what the problem was...................  you're not going to get electrocuted if you touch it.   Obviously, don't use a hedgecutter near them as its a right pain if you cut through the wires....... just use secateurs near the cables. 

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      Many thanks for all the feedback. Fortunately I'm not doing the work, but I'll pass on all the detail to my customer.

  • I've cut through sky cables before , and also had customers contact BT when an overgreen tree touched there lines , they sent there own tree surgeons, free of charge 


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    If the line is in the trees ring BT and they will sort it, I have done this 3 times now as it's just not the effort or risk trying to avoid it.

  • Last year I removed a fairly tall conifer which had a BT cable running through it. These cables are very strong, it’s not just the phone wire, there is a very tough high tensile wire inside for support.

    They have to be able to withstand high winds, snow and ice and also their own weight over sometimes a considerable distance. Plus they have to be very strong in order to be tensioned enough to be held aloft.

    I was just careful and worked around and away from the wire. No problem.

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    That lump of wood hanging on an overhead electric cable is all that’s left of a tree in the church yard of a country church in Herefordshire.

    Someone did a very neat job of trimming the branch that had grown around the cable. The cables are three phase, so there’s 415 volts between that cable and the two cables close  to it, 240 volts to the cable below them, the bottom cable is a telephone cable, those are supposed to be being removed from electric poles to protect telecom workers.

  •  Are they definitely BT cables?  If so, no problem, just don't damage the cables.  If it's power, call the power company.

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      Thank you Tim, and to all others who have commented, this is much appreciated. They are BT cables, so that is looking good!

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