Question: Once you mark out where the underground cable is, how close to that mark can I dig?
Ok, so it depends on what the utility is and what works you are doing.
First thing first: we strongly advise you to dig down on our mark and expose what we have found for you and confirm that is definitely the correct utility.
Then you will need to refer to the Dial Before You Dig paperwork: not the plans you got, but the other pages with all the warnings and disclaimers. On there, the utility owner of that cable or pipe will have a set ‘No Go Zone‘ in which they won’t allow works of a particular type to occur. So it will depend on what you are doing. Under road bore, trenching, compacting, and so forth all have a different no go zone, so it will need to comply to the right one for your works.
If you are a home owner or someone that doesn’t do this kind of works all the time, then it is probably not a bad idea to also look at the information Dial Before You Dig have on there website, here is the link to the Safe Excavation page that they have that does have some good info on it.
But after all of that, if you’re still struggling with it, then get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you out and point you in the right direction.