The Horizontal Directional Drill
September 3, 2013 by solarbeez
A Horizontal Directional Drill in action
I bet you always wanted to see a Horizontal Drilling Machine in action. I know I did and when the crew set up on my road, the opportunity presented itself. I took some pictures so you get the idea. The video lets you watch the crew work without having to stand in the rain. As it happens, the owner/operator is a cousin of fellow beekeeper/photographer, Mureen Walker in the county to the south of me, the only connection I can claim that has anything to do with bee keeping. 🙂
Starting the drill bit and aligning the path
Adding another 10 ft. rod extension. The machine unscrews one end, backs up, another rod is lined up perfectly, it screws in tightly and carries on.
Remote Guidance System…The one on the left shows the pitch or slope of the bit, The one on the right (YAW) shows the side to side movement.
The rod rack holds four rows of rods 11 deep. That’s enough for 440 feet (134 m). This distance is about 380 feet (115 m), plus there are a few roots along the way. This is going to take a while, I better get some deadlines done.
You might think it would be easier just to dig a trench, lay the conduit in, and cover it back up, but there is a city water main here too.
This pole is about 50 or 60 years old. The wires criss cross with the wires of another utility. A big storm could bring the whole thing down in a dangerous way.
Thank you, power people for taking care of this BEFORE it happens.
The crew and drill in action…