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Forum: Excavation & Site Work 01-17-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,815
Posted By PipeGuy
So when the pump doesn't run the basement fills...

So when the pump doesn't run the basement fills with water to the height above the floor slab at which the sewer line comes in? (or hopefully goes out rather).

Shake your head? Perhaps a more...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 01-07-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,064
Posted By PipeGuy
Big Box'rs

The deal is this with Bix Box retail owners and high profile commercial GC's - you've got to have your own, iron clad, subcontract agreement that provides at least these things: 1.) you get paid...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-16-2012, 02:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 59,873
Posted By PipeGuy
Pretty expensive? :blink:b Really? If a guy...

Pretty expensive? :blink:b Really?

If a guy running a small excavating business can hustle enough to bill five days a week every week week of the year at $1500 a day he wouldn't even BILL $400K a...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-04-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,481
Posted By PipeGuy
Some of the best insurance you can get against...

Some of the best insurance you can get against devastating fines is properly training field guys on how to respond when OSHA shows up. Presuming that no one is willfully violating standards there...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-30-2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,565
Posted By PipeGuy
That's friggin' crazy. Piles and pile caps for a...

That's friggin' crazy. Piles and pile caps for a 6' deep storm sewer?

If you can get a workable excavation to 2' - 3' below pipe subgrade there's hardly any ground condition that a combination of...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-29-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,565
Posted By PipeGuy
Dewater, dewater, dewater. The soil oozes because...

Dewater, dewater, dewater. The soil oozes because its being "pushed" by water. Until you remove the water from the equation you're fighting an uphill battle; potentially straight uphill. And if the...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-11-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,396
Posted By PipeGuy
Ditto. But if fine grading isn't required I might...

Ditto. But if fine grading isn't required I might prefer track loader to truck.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 10-15-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,738
Posted By PipeGuy
Bingo! You hit the nail on its head. I heard...

Bingo! You hit the nail on its head.

I heard an axiom years ago that I always enjoy recalling: Architects know a little bit about a whole lot of stuff while Engineers know almost everything about...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-14-2012, 11:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,307
Posted By PipeGuy
A lot? Well, you eliminate half the pressure by...

A lot? Well, you eliminate half the pressure by halving the depth. Maybe going from 100' deep to 50' deep that might be "a lot" of reduction. Reducing the depth 10' only gets you a corresponding...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-14-2012, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,918
Posted By PipeGuy
"Morning Wood" is dead on with his observation....

"Morning Wood" is dead on with his observation. There are many, many, reasons a 20 yard can will leave the job with less than 20 yards in it and only experience can tell you what you'll get in a can...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-12-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,307
Posted By PipeGuy
Only a PE is qualified to give you a definitive...

Only a PE is qualified to give you a definitive answer to that question and there are several other questions that need be posed and answered before you can get to a good answer. Seeings as how...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-11-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,594
Posted By PipeGuy
Assuming the hole already has a liner in it, fill...

Assuming the hole already has a liner in it, fill it most of the way with "packing peanuts" or ground styrefoam, cover that with filter fabric, then top it off with 12" of planting soil. What're you...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-07-2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,744
Posted By PipeGuy
"A" rock? Why not a hoe ram? If the house...

"A" rock? Why not a hoe ram?

If the house budget will live or die on a 1/2 day hoe ram rental then maybe someone oughta' be revisiting the budget before the rock in the road winds up being the...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 05-03-2012, 12:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,481
Posted By PipeGuy
The odd thing is that you can work in a very...

The odd thing is that you can work in a very dangerous environment like an unstable excavation and have no sense of fear because the hazard is outside your realm of experience. Look at the rescue...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 05-01-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By PipeGuy
Just remember: it's POCK-EE-STAHN not...

Just remember: it's POCK-EE-STAHN not PACK-IH-STAN. Just ask our 44th POTUS, B. Hussein Obama.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 04-14-2012, 01:19 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,386
Posted By PipeGuy
I'm not sure which guy I can't believe more

I'm not sure which guy I can't believe more. Or should it be which guy I can believe less? Whatever the case, it's more amazing to me that after a year or two in business a GC or builder who's...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 03-27-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,767
Posted By PipeGuy
The meter creeps backwards!? I can't think of any...

The meter creeps backwards!? I can't think of any reason that should be happening unless there's another supply that's connected upstream of the meter. If you can document the meter running backwards...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 03-25-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,553
Posted By PipeGuy
PN Last year I bought 10's of millions of...

PN
Last year I bought 10's of millions of dollars-worth of utility construction materials and subcontract services. Not once was a purchasing decision even remotely driven by a website's pretty...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 02-18-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,768
Posted By PipeGuy
Best thread ever?

I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who posted in this thread. It's a great one to read. I think it perfectly illustrates what a great sitework CONTRACTOR'S forum looks like. From the way RINO...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-06-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 49,989
Posted By PipeGuy
I had to laugh at myself when I read this. My...

I had to laugh at myself when I read this. My first construction job consisted of doing just what you described for about 3 months - by myself. I wish I had a nickel for every time that backwoods NC...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 09-15-2011, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,567
Posted By PipeGuy
The old "Miss Piggy". Best "beam" ever if you ask...

The old "Miss Piggy". Best "beam" ever if you ask me. I think I might be able to hook you up.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 09-09-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,998
Posted By PipeGuy
Above all, make sure the inspector is there to...

Above all, make sure the inspector is there to watch when you do the reconnect. It's best you try and get him to show up maybe 10 or 15 minutes after you start the "tapping" process described below....
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 07-14-2011, 11:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,144
Posted By PipeGuy
* Fast? It's fast like "now". It'll fix leaks...

*
Fast? It's fast like "now". It'll fix leaks that present as a jet of water spraying out of a manhole joint hard enough to forcefully splash against the opposite wall. Bear in mind a leak under...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 07-12-2011, 06:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,144
Posted By PipeGuy
The product's much easier to use than the...

The product's much easier to use than the directions might otherwise let on (or maybe I just use it wrong).
The grout cartridges are sized like those of window/tub/tile caulk. I simply drill a hole...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 07-12-2011, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,144
Posted By PipeGuy
It's "the bomb"

http://www.avantigrout.com/202sum.html

It's "the bomb". I've successfully used it many times; a couple times to seal manholes that were submerge to their rims.
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