Oh my shattered oath, err I mean piston


A nice oval rock that managed to sneak into assembly between pump and pressurizer and over time eventually shattered porcelain piston. The question remains unanswered on how this boulder got past the water filter.


Working Safely Around Primary Power Cables

When hydrovacing around primary power cables we use a bonding mat so that we are grounded if there is fault in the line. The ground is connected to the Hydrovac truck (not shown).

If you see someone doing this, stay back at least 30 feet. Don’t approach the person


Wax and Tinfoil Don’t Like Water


Wax and Tinfoil Don't Like Water

I never actually have seen the gas pipeline that is coated with wax and tinfoil and that has been buried for 59 years and nor do I want to since it is a very delicate job to expose the pipeline with out having the water from the oscillating tip rip into the coating.

Now if you want to bury anything near the gas pipeline you have to do it beneath it and at least three feet.

It’s a horizontal hydrovac to complete the job so that the other utility can be buried and this was in some really hard clay north of Grande Prairie, Alberta and at a depth of 3 meters.

MSDS Sheet for Natural Gas:

Types of ATCO Gas Lines:

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.