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Steam Line Repair

Steam line repairs are underway - most of the time.  It turns out, as you can probably imagine, this is a very weather dependent task.  When it rains, making a trench is much harder.  Even now that it has dried out some, it is still quite a challenge. But every day you may have walked by and saw the backhoe and other equipment sitting idle, and no one in the trench working on anything and wondered why, that's it.  Rain increases the risk of cave-ins of the trench and we need to consider the safety of our people first.


But yesterday and today, much progress has been made.  The first pieces of pipe were able to be set in place with the backhoe.  They are smaller and therefore lighter and more manageable.  But the second pieces include an elbow to go from pointing west to pointing south.  Between the extra weight of those bigger pieces, as well as the angles involved in getting the pipe to the spot they belong (which is very precise, BTW), we had to call for some additional lifting and maneuvering support.  Thanks to Steve Anders and his crane, the next pieces of pipe were fitting into place nicely.  Fortunately Steve is available to help us put the next pieces into the ground also.  They are even longer (approx. 40 feet each),heavier pieces.


The slideshow below shows a number of photos taken.  My intent is to continue photo documenting the process and adding them to this slideshow.  Check back, even if the blog post doesn't change, the photos should.


You'll see some wood panels in some photos.  There is a sewer line that runs almost parallel to the trench being dug.  Those wood panels and the 4" x 4"posts supporting them are there to shore up that wall.  The sewer line trench was filled with sand atone time, which just wants to slide into our new trench.  They are being very careful of that.


You'll also see many familiar faces in these photos.  Our mechanical maintenance and building maintenance crew members are spending a great deal of time getting this job done right. They even get support from campus maintenance, even Stephanie or me, as needed.  But you'll see a few unfamiliar faces.  Those are folks from the Tim Hildreth Company.  They are the ones who helped engineer this project and are now welding the steam pipes together and will test it all to ensure we have a working steam system when all is done.


Finally, I need to acknowledge that many of these photos are taken with a cell phone.  However, there are some better ones of Steve and his crane operation that are all credited to Paul Davis.


As always, feel free to e-mail me questions or comments, or DISCUSS below.


Jim M

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