London’s antiquated gas mains being replaced with modern piping system

In 1985, a fractured 6” cast iron gas main exploded on a block of three-story luxury flats in Putney, a London suburb, killing eight people and trapping dozens in the rubble. The tragedy led to a government safety inquiry which determined that the break occurred due to vertical loading stresses, most likely from the heavy vehicles that serviced the building.

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On the Job with Great Lakes Fusion

Bryan Marks, owner of Great Lakes Fusion in Durand, Mich., has worked in the landfill industry his entire life. His company specializes in HDPE pipe fusion and the installation of methane and leachate collection systems as well as excavation and drilling. We caught up with him and his crew recently at one of his many jobsites throughout the Midwest to learn more about his work and why he fuses pipe exclusively with McElroy machines.

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Fused piping system solves sinkhole dilemma

Problem: Underground leakage from a faulty 6” clay pipeline — estimated to be 100 years old — was causing sinkholes to form on one of Downtown Tulsa’s original brick-lined alleyways. The city was forced to close the alley which blocked public access and the only access nearby workers had to their company’s parking lot. The need to rehabilitate the street was urgent. Solution: The city’s Sewer Operations & Maintenance crew replaced the 6” clay pipe …

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