The pipeliner is gone again.
They are finally finishing up on a project that started in early December.
We all know how wicked this winter has been, so the job has been delayed and delayed some more.
But today was the day it all came together!
And this is the day the pipeliner wives say the most prayers!
It all starts early in the morning.
The gas has to be blown out of the pipe.
The first cut is made into the pipe.
Todays tie-in is a big one!
They are setting a station.
A big crane is needed to lift the huge section of pipe.
Lots of last minute measurements.
Everything has to fit just right!
Up it goes!
Over to the existing pipe.
It is a slow job.
The section of pipe gets lowered into the ground.
It fits right into the space!
The day went good!
Everyone kind of breathes a sigh of relief.
They all head back to their rooms for a good nights sleep.
Tomorrow is another big day.
The welders begin to weld all of the pipe back together.
The pipe is x-rayed to make sure all of the joints are sealed.
Tests are run to make sure gas is ready to flow again.
The clean-up crew comes in to backfill the hole with gravel.
This job will be over.
The hubby will move onto the next one.
And so it goes in the day of a pipeliners life.
But it sure makes me proud to say I am a pipeliners wife!