October 14, 2010

Since Steve Vick International acquired South + West Pipe Tools in early 2010, extensive testing work has been carried out to find a blade that cuts through polyethylene pipe in a safe and controlled manner. In the gas distribution sector, for example, when introducing a new connection and dealing with large diameter PE pipe it is customary to carry out a flowstopping operation so that a...

February 12, 2010

During its first year of implementation, FULLSEAL™ has already created huge cost saving benefits at Wales & West Utilities. An entirely innovative product, FULLSEAL™ is the most cost effective sealant on the market for dead service insertion. Inserted from inside the house at the service head adapter, there is a risk that the sealant could spill on to customer property, for example...

December 17, 2009

The Pipe Handler, a joint venture with National Grid Gas, has undergone extensive field trials across the network, and following successful results a total of 8 units have been allocated across the alliances and coalitions. The equipment is attached to the quick hitch or bucket pins of the digger/excavator. The operator is then able, from the safety of the cab, to grip the PE, position it in...

October 30, 2009

Bristol City Centre has recently undergone a major water mains replacement project in the heart of the city centre directly outside of the busy Bristol Hippodrome. The old 7”cast iron water main had been laid over 90 years ago. During the past 10 years the water main had experienced pipe bursting issues on 6 occasions and therefore was made part of Bristol Water’s 2009 replacement...

May 22, 2009

The product has been designed by Steve Vick International for use in dead inserting gas services from outside the premises. It is customary to chamfer the leading edge of the PE pipe to aid speedy insertion and this is traditionally carried out using a knife or hacksaw, leading to the risk of injury. The Service Taper Tool provides a safe and simple way of slicing a section off the PE allowing...

April 15, 2009

The Service Taper Tool provides a safe and simple way of slicing a section off the PE allowing it to be pushed easily around even a tight bend into the building where it can be pulled through. Lengths in excess of 2 metres can be chamfered in a few minutes. The lightweight tool, designed for handling 20mm PE, comprises an aluminium metal shell with an internal blade which cuts the PE pipe at...

February 12, 2008

A natural product, FULLSEAL™ contains no harmful chemicals and requires neither mixing nor other preparation before use, making it safe and extremely easy to use. Over one hundred field trials were carried out on the product by National Grid Gas with the result that FULLSEAL™ is now being routinely used by NG’s direct labour teams and has been adopted in all four...

January 10, 2008

The system uses a twin fabric bag containing an expanding polyurethane resin foam, and is based on a technique which the company initially developed some 25 years ago for use in the gas distribution industry. The major advantage of the DRAINBLOCK BAG™ is that it is positioned from an access point up to 15 metres away from the joint with the main. This avoids the need to excavate in the...

December 6, 2005

The 125Plus was used recently by Balfour Beatty Utilities (BBUL) in Darlington to push 332 metres of 75mm diameter PE into a 4” cast iron main during a Live Gas Mains Insertion project. By turning the machine around after the first push, BBUL was able to insert the PE in two directions from one excavation; the first push was 182m in length and took 25 minutes and the second 150m. This was...

July 15, 2005

  These overhead mains, situated close to a gas holder in Stoke-on-Trent, were being dismantled prior to the site being developed for housing. The pressure was reduced from 2 bar to 50mbar, allowing a Steve Vick International Special Contract Service team to install two FOAMBAGS™ in the 20” and 24” diameter pipes. The pipes could then be cut out and dismantled.  

September 19, 2004

The new machine is supplied with a hydraulic power unit delivering 100 Bar at 80 litres per minute or 200 Bar at 50 litres per minute resulting in a maximum pushing force of 11 tonnes. With an insertion speed of up to 4 metres per minute, the machine will typically install 300 to 400 metres in one operation. By fitting insert shells, it will accommodate pipe down to 350mm diameter. The...