Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Water Shut Off

The Board of Water Supply for the City & County of Honolulu deemed it necessary to replace branch trunk main lines on our street.  The outsourced the job to Ideal Construction.  The first thing they did was back in the spring when they came and marked the street up with spray paint indicating treasures underneath.

Over a month ago now, Ideal Construction started doing work on the street.  Since our street is one-way and in Waikiki, they couldn't just block it completely off.  The road still has to provide access for people driving the wrong way (tourists), Roberts Hawai'i buses, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, mopeds, and cars for people that live here.  Ideal Construction has been working on segments at a time.  I can't actually tell what they are doing, but casual glances show new fire hydrants installed and new manhole covers.  I guess they are replacing pipes too, though you never see the new pipes or the old ones being removed.

I work from home and the noise generated by this construction crew makes it very hard to concentrate.  They start at 7:00 AM every day and end at 3:00 PM.  They are moving north along our street and the past few days they have been working directly in front of our building, which I guess explains why our water has been shut off.

I don't actually think they are doing anything based on my observations.  Here's what I see happen:
  1. 7:00 AM, crew arrives and starts up the jackhammer and large walk-behind circular saw capable of cutting in to pavement.
  2. 9:00 AM, crew uses one of two Case backhoe loaders to remove the broken up pavement and expose the alluvial till below.
  3. 10:00 AM, crew continues using one of two Case backhoe loaders to dig a hole about the size of an SUV.  The backhoe loader takes forever to do this and makes a lot of noise during the process.
  4. 11:00 AM, crew covers the newly dug hole with steel plates.
  5. 12:00, break for lunch.
  6. 1:00 PM, crew uncovers the hole and gets in the hole.  Workers point at things and I think they discuss how the morning hole digging went.
  7. 2:00 PM, crew recovers the hole with steel plates and packs asphalt around the edges of the plate making it just that much more permanent.
  8. 3:00 PM, end of work day.
Well, that's my observations based on what I hear and what I see when I go to lunch or the corner shop.  I really think they are just digging holes for the hell of it.

The noise just stopped, so I looked at the clock.  Looks like the crew is on step 5.

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