Homeowner's expensive driveway remains untouched
The KOBUS Integrated 400 Series Pipe Puller was used in Leicester on a particularly awkward gas service pipe replacement. Especially relevant was the newly laid driveway, which would be expensive and time consuming to reinstate. Additionally, the site had drains running across the path of the pipe to be replaced, and power cables in close proximity. As a result, it was decided that moling would be too risky.
The pipe being replaced was galvanised steel ¾” diameter and length of pipe was 15m. It was a short side replacement from the pavement outside the property to the rear of the house. Soil was clay.
The pipe replacement was completed in just over 1 hour. This included the loading the Pipe Puller onto the mini excavator, and excavation of a small pit, where the service pipe entered the rear of the property. The extraction of the old pipe and replacement with new took just 5 minutes. Consequently, the Kobus Pipe Puller saved time and a considerable amount of cost to the contractor.
The work was undertaken under standard National Grid/tRiiO health & safety procedures. There were no reported incidents in respect of either service strikes (HSG47) or operator activity.