[TowerTalk] Trenching

K8RI on TowerTalk K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Sat Aug 26 13:48:48 EDT 2006

> How about an industrial grade high pressure washer, with a flat fan 
> nozzle,
> for cutting through grass and soil?  Would that work?

I have one and those things not only would, or could do the job, they'd 
paint your house and the neighbor's with mud not to say what they'd do with 
the rocks they throw.  OTOH with the sand and dirt mixed in they'd probably 
take the insulation right off any thing they hit.  Mine will even cut a 2 X 
4. Pretty ragged cut, but it'll still do it.

I have an idea they are not using real high pressure and it's a controlled 
release along the leading edge of the "knife".

I think Consumers used something similar a few years back when they ran the 
gas line to my shop.

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
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> From: "Larry Burke" <wi5a at sbcglobal.net>
> To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Trenching
> Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 07:18:29 -0500
> Saw this mentioned in a New York Times article this morning. Sounds like 
> it
> would be an interesting tool to bury cables between a shack and a tower. 
> or
> radials. Anyone seen one of these in action? Almost sounds like they are
> proprietary to Verizon:
> "Verizon has developed a special knife that uses pressurized air to slice
> through lawns so fiber optic lines can be buried. The tool cuts through
> grass, but does not break sprinkler pipes and gas lines."
> Larry Burke WI5A
> Friendswood, Texas
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