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Ok, here goes.......

Got a delivery of wood pellets while I was at work, received at phone call at work later that day from the town police that my electric service that connects to my house was laying across the road. Left work and arrived home to find a police detail rerouting traffic because of said wire. Power company comes out, kills power to my home until I get an electrician to fix exposed wire and need an inspection. Got everything fixed and was without power for about 6 hours.

Now, here comes the question......said company admits to catching wire with his box truck and pulling it down, (never informing anyone but just driving off) but will only agree to paying half of the bill to fix (which is only $450) because he says it's partially my fault because the wire was hanging to low.


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Stay off the grid.

sell the C4 and buy a double wide.

quit renting from T&GN

stfu and deal with it

any or all of the above. I’ll come up with more once thought is put into it.
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lawyer will cost you more then $450.
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I don't know about where you live but here the power company owns and is responsible for the lines from the pole to the meter on your house. They should have made the repairs at their expense.
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Originally Posted by 96 Vette CE View Post
Ok, here goes.......

Got a delivery of wood pellets while I was at work, received at phone call at work later that day from the town police that my electric service that connects to my house was laying across the road. Left work and arrived home to find a police detail rerouting traffic because of said wire. Power company comes out, kills power to my home until I get an electrician to fix exposed wire and need an inspection. Got everything fixed and was without power for about 6 hours.

Now, here comes the question......said company admits to catching wire with his box truck and pulling it down, (never informing anyone but just driving off) but will only agree to paying half of the bill to fix (which is only $450) because he says it's partially my fault because the wire was hanging to low.


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Their bill. If the wire was too low then the delivery driver should have just turned around and not delivered.
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Paging Slo Yelo C5 ...
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time to bury that extension cord from the neighbors house huh?
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Small claims court. You'll pay about ~$50-$100 in court fees (you can ask judge for defendant to reimburse you court fees if you win). No lawyer needed. If this was like $1k total, ask for an amount over that (maybe $1,500?) for having to take off work, etc.

Only issue with small claims court is that they don't pursue the other party. If you win, it's on you to collect. Sounds like a shady company if they won't pay for their error. Meaning collecting will likely be a biotch.

Do you have any lawyer friends in the state (MA or NH where this took place?) who could send them a demand letter for full payment? That usually solves these small matters without a judge.

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Originally Posted by Sunset-C6 View Post
lawyer will cost you more then $450.

I already paid the bill......no lawyer needed for small claims if I decide to go that route.


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I don't know about where you live but here the power company owns and is responsible for the lines from the pole to the meter on your house. They should have made the repairs at their expense.
Power company told me that I'm responsible for wires connecting from meter to their connection at roof line. From roof line to pole is their responsibility.

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Originally Posted by 96 Vette CE View Post
Power company told me that I'm responsible for wires connecting from meter to their connection at roof line. From roof line to pole is their responsibility.
That's nuts.

Here they are responsible from the meter back.
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Originally Posted by Z06PSI View Post
That's nuts.
Here they are responsible from the meter back.




I believe somebody is trying to pull the koko over kiko's eyes...
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Originally Posted by 96 Vette CE View Post
Ok, here goes.......

Got a delivery of wood pellets while I was at work, received at phone call at work later that day from the town police that my electric service that connects to my house was laying across the road. Left work and arrived home to find a police detail rerouting traffic because of said wire. Power company comes out, kills power to my home until I get an electrician to fix exposed wire and need an inspection. Got everything fixed and was without power for about 6 hours.

Now, here comes the question......said company admits to catching wire with his box truck and pulling it down, (never informing anyone but just driving off) but will only agree to paying half of the bill to fix (which is only $450) because he says it's partially my fault because the wire was hanging to low.


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Like others have said its the power companies (and phone&Cable) responsibility to hand the wires at LEGAL height. In my state I would go after the power company If THE LINE WAS LOW.

I drove large delivery trucks for a few years and I took out a few lines. . We were not responsible for damages, even thought people tried to make us pay. All my company did was notify the provider company and it was taken care of. (its legal impossible for a truck at 11' high to hit a line that is installed at the legal 15')
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[QUOTE=96 Vette CE;1598458672

Power company told me that I'm responsible for wires connecting from meter to their connection at roof line. From roof line to pole is their responsibility. [/QUOTE]

So what is going on here? Which line did the truck pull off? Not the roof line to pole but the one right up against the house? That driver got hella close to your house if he ripped that off. If he ripped the wire from the pole to your roof, why are you paying anything?
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Quoting is hard.
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Originally Posted by Z06PSI View Post
That's nuts.

Here they are responsible from the meter back.



I've never run into a situation like this, that's why the question to OT



Originally Posted by 6spdC6 View Post
Like others have said its the power companies (and phone&Cable) responsibility to hand the wires at LEGAL height. In my state I would go after the power company If THE LINE WAS LOW.

I drove large delivery trucks for a few years and I took out a few lines. . We were not responsible for damages, even thought people tried to make us pay. All my company did was notify the provider company and it was taken care of. (its legal impossible for a truck at 11' high to hit a line that is installed at the legal 15')
To be clear the wire was pulled out over my driveway, wire runs from my house to pole across the street. Never an issue with trucks passing on the street.

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Go here !
Peoples court or......



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So what is going on here? Which line did the truck pull off? Not the roof line to pole but the one right up against the house? That driver got hella close to your house if he ripped that off. If he ripped the wire from the pole to your roof, why are you paying anything?

I had a 10 foot hollow pole with wires inside from meter running up side of my house to the roof line. Truck pulled down pole running up the side of my house and it broke off from the meter, power still connected though.
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Originally Posted by 96 Vette CE View Post



I've never run into a situation like this, that's why the question to OT





To be clear the wire was pulled out over my driveway, wire runs from my house to pole across the street. Never an issue with trucks passing on the street.
Sorry, in my area that minimum height has to be the same to your house so it would be the power company that picks up the tab as long as the vechicle that hit it was lower than the minimum legal height. Like said thats my state, do not know your states laws.

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