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 Moving hydro lines?

Has anyone ever had to get an hydro line moved?

We are moving into an older neighborhood at the end of the month and there is an hydro line crossing our backyard from one corner of the lot (hydro pole) to the middle of the house, making it impossible to get a pool unless we move the hydro line.

When DH called hydro, they put us in contact with one of their guys who actually went to check it out (from the road only, while he was in the neighborhood...) and he said that they would most likely be able to move it to the other pole and it would leave us enough space for a pool.. so we went ahead and gave a deposit on a pool.

The hydro guy was supposed to come and see the house with us this week end and give us our options (move to the other pole, move the cables underground, etc..) and then we would decide what we want, and book the service call for when we move in, etc..

DH called the guy today to confirm the appointment and apparently he was all "buddy, i don't work week end.. oh and I'll tell you what needs to be done, but you need to get your own electrician to do it..etc..etc.."

So now we had to re-book the meeting with the hydro guy for when we are moved in, and delay the installation of the pool.

Is it just me, or it's very unlikely that regular electrician are allowed to go up a hydro pole and mess with the cables?!

If you ever had hydro lines moved, who did it? (hydro or electrician..), how much did it cost? how long did it take?

Thanks ladies!
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 11 May 2012 3:56 PM
 11 Jun 2002
 Ottawa, Ontario
Nat&Phil
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Hydro Ottawa did ours. You "own" the wires from the house to the post, so you would have to pay hydro to disconnect them and the work could be done independently. It took us, from the time of the estimate, to the actual work about 3 weeks.
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 11 May 2012 3:56 PM
 11 Jun 2002
 Ottawa, Ontario
Nat&Phil
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Oh, and keep in mind you will need an ESA permit (I'm pretty sure) and inspection.
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 12 May 2012 4:47 PM
 31 Oct 2007
 Ottawa
MarieEve
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Nat how much did it cost? Roughly...
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 12 May 2012 5:19 PM
 11 Jun 2002
 Ottawa, Ontario
Nat&Phil
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I think the permits and inspections were about $250. The Ottawa Hydro shut off and turn on from the post and about 20 feet of 200amp cable was about $2500. If you're relocating the house electrical panel - THAT would cost a small fortune. Putting wires underground is also very expensive. They have to be encased in cement and it would mean you'd have to dig a new entrance to your house and depends on where your panel is located, etc... I'd get someone from Hydro to meet up with you guys on site and discuss your options. They can give you quotes on the spot for their portion. Once you know what hydro can do you could get quotes from electricians.
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 13 May 2012 9:26 PM
 31 Oct 2007
 Ottawa
MarieEve
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I think we're in for a treat... I wish the hydro guy didn't make us all these empty promises, we would not have put a deposit on the pool...!:/

The guy who is selling the house is an electrician and he gave us some options, and one will be very cheap if hydro agrees, the other ones would be pretty expensive...

Oh well I guess we will know on may 31, that's when hydro comes to check it out... Stay tuned!
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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