The Installation of Underground Powerlines: A Guide for Property Owners

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This article explains the steps taken during the construction and installation of underground powerlines on your property. Read on to find out more!

Step one

The first thing you need to do is contact your local council and inquire about the process for preparing for powerline installation, as this will vary from area to area. There may be a full package of information you can download, or they may be happy to answer any specific enquiries. You should make sure that their advice is followed precisely because it has been designed to protect both the materials being installed and your property.

Step two

Now it's time to start surveying your property so that all potential sites are identified where underground powerlines could be installed. This also includes any potential hazards such as trees or overhead cables, which will need to be avoided during the installation process.

Step three

The next step is to consult the local council regarding the authorised method of building work. If you are planning to use a licensed installer, you will need to make sure that you have all the necessary information and permits to access your property.

Step four

Now that your property has been surveyed and you are ready to move forward with the installation process, there is still one other thing you should do first: organise a meeting with the powerline contractors so they can take measurements of your property before work begins. This will allow them to find a route for the powerline that is least disruptive to your property.

Step five

Once all the preliminary work has been done, the final step of the installation process will be carried out. This involves installing a small metal frame called a 'trunk' into the ground, which will act as an anchor for all of the underground cables and transmitters. The trunk is made from steel or plastic, which makes it strong and durable so that it can withstand extreme weather conditions.

Step six

The trunk is then surrounded by cable armouring — this consists of two layers of high-strength polyethene that are reinforced with steel wires in between to make them extra strong. This material can withstand an immense amount of pressure and damage, which is why it is used as armouring for the cables. It also protects the cables from any physical or chemical interference, so you can be sure that the underground powerline will operate seamlessly. The cabling is then inserted into the trunk and connected to the grid and the main power panel in the property.

If you would like further info about power installation, contact an electrical contractor today.