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Author Topic: Sitting on a Gas Main!  (Read 460 times)


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Sitting on a Gas Main!
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:29:59 PM »

I spy Walter but where is the wheelbarrow?  :hmm:

(For those somewhat worried persons, I can state that no gas main, wheelbarrow or Walter were harmed when taking that staged photograph!)
« Last Edit: September 01, 2018, 03:17:15 PM by burakkucat »
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Re: Sitting on a Gas Main!
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 01:57:50 AM »


It wasn't actually "staged".
The medium pressure gas main was a very handy seat whilst I was wielding a 4 lb club hammer on the concrete capping surrounding the Victorian 500 mm salt-glazed duct.
Today we punctured the duct with a large core drill and pulled a 63 mm Alkathene pipe through containing 4 * 16 mm blown fibre ducts.
Alkathene is necessary to protect the thinner tubes from field mice attacks.
They love to sharpen their teeth on smaller diameter ducts.
Sadly a blown fibre tube with holes in it won't allow the fibre cable to go very far !

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Re: Sitting on a Gas Main!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 02:47:18 AM »

Walter, on my browser, you seem to have developed a pronounced list, to the right. Rotated exactly -pi/2 I would say.

I don't suppose your crew would fancy a free holiday (assuming that the boss, Mrs Weaver, clears i) as 7.95km of fibre would come in extremely handy.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2018, 09:59:37 PM by Weaver »


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Re: Sitting on a Gas Main!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 12:34:43 PM »

rather tough Victorian concrete which finished off our drill.

They don't make things like they used to.   :D
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Re: Sitting on a Gas Main!
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2018, 12:12:20 AM »

@ Weaver,

Sadly I'm already in quite hot water with "Mission Control" as it is.

I didn't know you are in the Tillingbourne valley - or just to the east ?

Although the drill I bought @ 165 has a safety clutch - ESSENTIAL when doing large core drills - it wasn't man enough to remove the concrete.
We hired a Kango hammer which cleared the duct without breaking it.
Although nearly an inch thick the duct was surprisingly soft.

When we are at a loose end, there's another similar duct under the next road we want to cross.
To my astonishment that one has a small drain-grill so I measured to the floor at 3.12 m - all dug with Victorian wheelbarrows and picks etc.

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