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We picked a contractor to install the generator, and together decided that the fuel for the generator would have to be propane. The installer suggested to obtain a second, dedicated propane tank for the generator. We already have a propane tank that supplies fuel for heat for our home, but this propane thank would have to be located in a different area -- an area near the new generator.
Both my wife and I didn't like the idea of an above-the-ground tank located so close to the house (and also close to a road where hunters sometimes get rambunctious with their guns,), so we decided to bury the tank.
I remember thinking:
I told the contractor that I would dig the hole. We brainstormed and decided on the best location for the tank. I marked the area. The contractor then told me I'd better call "Miss Utility" to mark any power or phone lines in the area -- even though we both knew that those lines were far from the intended dig. We also looked around for anything else that might be buried underground. The only thing we could think about was "sewer lines." I remember saying aloud, to the contractor:
The next Saturday, I started the dig. But on the second draw of the bucket I saw a grayish-looking "hose" emerge from the ground.
- Decided to install a standby generator at our home.
- Decided to bury the propane fuel tank.
- Before digging, I had “miss utility” map out public power and phone line.
- I could not think of anything else, so I dug.
- When I was planning to dig the hole for the propane tank.....
- I’ll get “miss utility” to come in and map the power and phone lines, even though I already know where they are. The sewer line couldn’t possible be this far away from the house. I can’t think of anything else.
- I’ll have to determine where there sewer line is, and also make sure there’s nothing else I’m not thinking about.
- I tend to not research things as thoroughly as I should when I want to do something.
- When I am about to do something significant, I will intentionally get other people’s inputs – especially those who might see things differently. I will tell my wife of my intentions tonight, and ask her to help me do this on home-related issues