Try trenching the old fashioned way

Discussion in 'Electrical/Telco/Grounding' started by Wireless Estimator, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. Wireless Estimator

    Wireless Estimator Administrator Staff Member

    Although it is natural to think of trenching equipment every time there are grounding requirements on the plans, sometimes it is cheaper to put a laborer to work with a shovel for a day or two. When you add the costs involved in renting a trencher, moving it to the site, paying one of your technicians or electricians to operate the equipment, and then taking the trencher back to the yard, it is not always cost effective. The fastest way to dig a trench isn't always the most inexpensive.
  2. David Lehrer

    David Lehrer Industry Observer

    You're correct, but unfortunately, project managers will tell you to rent a trencher because it's in the bid. They'll also tell you that you have to complete a specific part of the project in a ridiculous amount of time because it is also in the bid. They and the estimators have to spend more time with the site supervisor - BEFORE THEY BID THE PROJECT - to get input from those people that are knowledgeable about how to best complete the project...profitably.

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