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Tips N ToolsHave you ever thought there must be a better way of doing some segment of your job or wished you had a tool to complete a task? Maybe you yourself have come up with a tool or developed a worksheet or a procedure to make your job easier or to save time or money. Welcome to Iowa Rural Water's newest department Water Tools "N" Tips. Our goal is to provide operators and staff with tools and tips to assist them with making their everyday jobs easier, quicker and cheaper.

If you've built a ground penetrating radar to locate PVC mains for $25 or developed billing software a six year old can use - we would like to encourage you to let us know so it can be shared with your peers in the water and wastewater industry.

The best idea or tool will be featured in each issue of the Water Street Journal and the best of those will receive the Tool of the Year award at our annual conference and forever will be known as the guy - or gal - -who came up with that thing we never would have thought of.

From Jeff Van Der Weide - a device to bore under pavement for a 3/4 inch lineThose items submitted which do not make the magazine will be placed in this section of our website for operators to use and improve.

To get things rolling and get your creative juices flowing, from Jeff Van Der Weide, the Water and Wastewater Superintendent of Maurice - a device to bore under pavement for a 3/4 inch line which can be built with scrap materials found around most any shop and uses a simple garden hose connection.

Material List:


Item
#
1
Female garden hose to ¾ inch ip
1
2
6 inch x ¾ nipples
3
3
¾ inch 90
1
4
¾ inch ball valve
1
5
¾ x ½ inch reducer
1
6
½ inch x 2 inch nipple
1
7
½ union
1
8
3 inch x ¾ inch square tube
1
9
2 x 2 inch flat 1/8 inch stock
4
10
½ x ¼ inch reducer
1
11
½ inch pipe and couplers needed for length of bore
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Most of the materials could be found lying around most shops, but if you had to buy items 1-10 the cost would be less than $30. The photos below will give you an idea on how everything goes together.

From Jeff Van Der Weide - a device to bore under pavement for a 3/4 inch line From Jeff Van Der Weide - a device to bore under pavement for a 3/4 inch line From Jeff Van Der Weide - a device to bore under pavement for a 3/4 inch line

Use is as easy as hooking up a garden hose and turning the water on and off as needed while twisting the unit back and forth; adding couplers and short lengths of ½ inch pipe as needed to cover the distance. Jeff reports it took him about 10 to 15 minutes to bore 24 feet needed to replace a service line. Once the boring was completed he simply flattened the end of the copper and tapped to the cutter to pull the new service into place.



Put your thinking hats on and look around, my bet is that you have come up with something to make your life easier or save some money. Take some pictures, come up with a material list and instructions to build and use –email to info@iowaruralwater.org or mail to our office in Newton.

If you're looking for an idea or tool we welcome you to see if one of your peers has come up with a great solution you can use.

Lastly, if there is a website you have found to be invaluable to you, let us know, we'll include links to those too.

Of course we will reserve the right to file anything we find inappropriate in the closest circular file where it will never see the light of day. (That's directed to you shy guy friends)