Are you considering a serious building project?
If you answered yes, chances are you'll have to work with concrete – one of the most versatile building materials in the DIY arsenal. No matter what job you're considering, from patio to post hole to steps or sidewalk, the one thing you need to remember before you pour your first slab is a quick and efficient call to 811.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – especially major projects like pouring concrete.
More than any other DIY project, pouring concrete is a semi-permanent job and requires serious planning – most specifically where exactly your job will be located. In order to be successful you may have to jackhammer old concrete or dig a foundation up to 24 inches deep, most likely next to your home or along a right-of-way. You may be digging close to the connection points to your home for underground utility lines or along the roadside where many utility lines are buried.
Smart digging is no accident: always call 811 before you dig. Marked lines show diggers the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences.
Remember, know what's below. Always call before you dig.