One Nightmare of Hydrovacers



The photo shows if you look closely at the left boot a cut across the boot. This happened because the hydrovacer was working alone while the other person sat in the truck because they forgot their hard hat and did’nt have a spare on board. If not careful the hydrovacer could have cut into their foot since the person was using a straight tip not a oscillating tip. Thankfully the person was ok but boots of this kind cost upward of $250.00 dollars to replace.


Non-Typical Road


Non-Typical Road

Stressed out would have been an understatement when I got the hydrovac truck pulled in backwards and the pushed out on this non-typical road to a lease. My own fault when all was said done since I should have made sure that I had at least one pull hook for the truck on the truck, but as it turned out I did’nt have any. Chaining up in my opinion would’nt have helped since this area had recently had got hammered by rain and there was standing water everywhere not draining off.

The pipeline was on the left hand side of the road. The wooden stake shows it’s location.

At the end of the job the consultant decided that  they were going to mat the road to complete the job.

Was That A 6′ x 4′ or a 5′ x 3′ Spice Pit You Wanted


John is a splice pit

Injecting a form of silicone into 30 year old primary powerlines to increase the life expectancy of them. Splice pits should be at least 6′ x 4′ so that a person can work comfortably in one but the odd time measurements are not always bang on. John in a splice pit.


Atco Electric foremen looking over the situation while John from Novinium sets up the equipment for injecting primary powerlines.

The Author At Work


“Long In The Tooth” as my boss once refereed to me as for a memory lapse I had, at work on a small trench to move some power, telephone and cable, cables. Some of you might notice that my left foot is’nt on the bonding mat. The reason behind that is the primary cable is’nt in the trench that I’m working on at the moment, if it had of been both boots would have been on the mat.IMG_6073

Photo Courtesy of Mat Ibach

Shit Happens: Stuck in Pig Shit


Was on a job back in June after some heavy rains had hit the area and was about to discharge the contents of the holding tank on the truck when I sank into pig shit. Not sure if a lot of you know what pig shit smells like but it took for ever to get rid of the smell since the wheel wells and under side of the truck was covered in it and even when I am greasing the truck I can still smell a faint odor of it. Image