Monday, November 17, 2008

The End of The Line

After nearly nine weeks and 14,000 lineal feet of pipe installed, the sixteen inch mainline is now complete. This is perhaps the biggest task associated with the new irrigation system installation.

Just under 17,000 cubic yards of material was excavated alone for this portion of the mainline installation. Keep in mind that the material is handled twice, due to the fact that it has to be put back in the trench and compacted. There also is a large portion of material that has to be hauled off due to the volume of the newly installed pipe that now occupies the trench.

This point in time of the project marks that nearly two thirds of the total mainline is in the ground. The other good news is that now the mainline pipe size reduces down to only eight inches in diameter, which means the lineal production should nearly double per day. This will be done due to the fact that the amount of material that is being excavated will be half of the previous amount.