[QUOTE=DDNYjets;4500160]I am not claiming to be an expert but 21k seems excessive. How much damage is there? Did his neighbor pick up his entire sewer line and crack it? I only see a small piece of broken pipe. The digging is expensive but 21k seems like a lot unless his house is far away from the sewer. Also what about his homeowner's insurance.[/QUOTE]
What it is, is that his old line ran behind his house and connected to the town sewer mains quite a distance away. Now that the lots behind him are subdivided, the town doesn't want him to reconnect in that direction...they'd rather he come out of the front of the house and connect to the main in the newer street, which will require some rock-hammering and opening the road up to tap into the main. PLUS, I don't think he has enough pitch to just throw a few 90's and 45's in and just aim his entire system to the front...a lot of the piping in his basement will probably have to be redone to go to the front instead of the back of the house.
He has a case for prescriptive easement...but legal wranglings don't make his toilet flush today, lol.