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Getting services on site

Most self-builders look to have their phone lines run in trenches, but in some circumstances you may need to tap into a telegraph pole

One aspect common to every self-build project is the need to connect your new home to essential services. This will include water, foul drainage, electricity and telephone/ broadband, as well as utilities such as gas and cable if they are available.

Most of the time, the default option is to connect to the established grid for each commodity. But if certain services are not readily available or impracticable to use, an off-mains solution may be required. This month, I’m looking at how to get your utilities on site and how to decide on the best route for your project.

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