Posted 12.3.2019

What Does Cobble Mean for Your Directional Drilling Job?

For every driller, there's that one job. You know the one — you barely got through it, and it still haunts you. You've spent every job since just hoping you wouldn't get caught in a situation like that again. There's a good chance it involved a material you hadn't drilled through before, and there's an even better chance that material was cobble.

The dreaded cobble presents a lot of challenges in the field for drillers and contractors. But why?

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Posted 9.18.2019

3 Reasons to Use an HDD Pullback Device

Horizontal directional drilling involves creating a pilot bore, pre-reaming that bore and performing pullback operations. HDD pipe pullback might be the most important step of the process since it involves installing the pipe as intended to complete the project. There are a number of reasons to use an HDD pullback device, including:

  1. The outcome of the project hinges on proper pipe installation.
  2. Improper pullback can damage existing p

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Posted 7.23.2019

3 Types of HDD Locating Systems And The Features You Need On The Job

When it comes to HDD, locating systems are extremely important to any job. However, a lot of drillers don't actually know how locating systems work — which is probably how they got the nickname "Magic Box." On top of that, many people are only familiar with walk-over locating systems, like the DigiTrak Read Full Post >

Posted 7.5.2019

3 Transmitter Types and When to Use Each

Getting the right transmitter for your job is crucial. After all, it is horizontal directional drilling, so it makes sense that you'd need to know the direction of your drill head once it's underground. Transmitters send a signal to the receiver above to identify their direction, along with depth and location. While this makes locating systems sound incredibly simple, we all know it's not that easy.

Problems That Arise When Locating Transmitters

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Posted 5.17.2019

How To Keep Your Directional Boring Backreamer In Top Form

A directional boring backreamer is essential to any HDD job. Not only do you need a reamer that will cut the desired diameter, but you also need one that will aid in removing the cuttings from the hole. If you cut a 24" hole, but half of it is full of the cuttings, you’re going to have a tough time pulling in the 16" pipe. As a driller, it might be tempting to try to save money by cutting corners with a cheaper or smaller reamer, but this can lead to costly b

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