When planning a demolition or home renovation to an existing structure, many projects require utility trenching and excavation work at some point in the process. Typically, a general contractor will manage this type of work for commercial or large-scale construction projects. However, if you’re planning a smaller home renovation you might be doing the contracting yourself.
Due to the nature of the work though, trenching and excavation should be done by trained professionals using proper tools to minimize risk. Here’s what you need to know about the trenching and excavation process, including how to plan for it and what types of tools are commonly used.
First, always consult 811 before beginning any digging project. Call 811 or visit the website www.call811.com to make sure you, your property, and any crew is safe throughout the project. Once you’ve confirmed that there are no underground gas, electric, water, sewer, or communications pipes/cables in your dig path, it’s time to gather the equipment.
Before choosing the equipment, be sure to determine the soil type in your area. This will help you choose the tools necessary to dig and cut through your particular environment. No matter where you are and what type of soil you have, Rocktools attachments can be shipped anywhere in the world and can cut through anything from asphalt and concrete and to granite and steel. Their excavator and skid steer attachments make the process easier and faster.
- Concrete saws easily cut boundaries or property lines.
- Rock saws are great for projects involving quarrying, earthmoving, excavation, and/or mining.
- Metal saws work for a variety of projects because — as their name suggests — they can cut steel, aluminum, and copper-based metals.
- Skid steer saws are made to cut some of the toughest materials out there with ease, including concrete with rebar, granite, basalt, and asphalt. They are also compatible with mini excavators making them especially versatile.
- Rock grinders use high torque and hydraulics to power through rock with minimal impact on the surrounding area. They can be used in areas near gas lines, fragile structures, and even underwater!
- Screening buckets are available as attachments for both wheel loaders and excavators, and are commonly used for demolition, pipelines and recycling.
- Crusher buckets, including both rotary crusher buckets and jaw crusher buckets, are able to process natural rock as well as concrete, making them extremely efficient at all sorts of demolition projects.
Hopefully, at the very least, this overview of the tools used for trenching and excavation provides some insight into the process and what all is involved in industrial construction projects.
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