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Finding underground utilities prior to excavation

I'm putting a block fence along a sidewalk property line and want to insure not cutting or damaging existing lines or pipes.

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In most places if you call "811" someone from the utility companies come out and locate and flag the lines for FREE to prevent accidents

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Why not call the utilities involved, ie gas, electric etc and inform them of your intentions. They don't want you digging their lines up either. Usually they are more than glad to be of assistance.
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