How Can I Increase Productivity On My Construction Projects?

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Construction projects have many different factors that go into project completion. Unfortunately, some of these factors are out of your control such as the weather.

That means it’s critical for construction managers to develop ways to save time and money on the things they can control. The more time you save without compromising quality, the happier your clients will be.

Here’s how you can save time and money on your construction projects to keep you on time and under budget.

5 Tips To Streamline Your Construction Projects
As a construction manager, you may not be able to reduce or get rid of certain factors in your projects. But you can streamline the process to help it go as smoothly as possible.

That said, here are five tips to help you streamline your construction projects:

  1. Look for opportunities in ordinary tasks
    One of the best ways you can cut costs is by analyzing your crew’s routine tasks. Look for places where you could use products and technology to make these tasks more affordable and effective.
  2. Use products and services that save on time and money
    Certain products and services can help you get your job done more efficiently. For instance, horizontal directional drilling is used for installing gas pipelines, water lines, and other pipelines without the civil disturbances of traditional drilling. This reduces the time you need to spend on filling in holes and repairing the surrounding area. What’s more, compared to traditional drilling, HDD can be accomplished in only three main phases.
  3. Pay attention to productivity metrics
    If you don’t measure your productivity metrics, you won’t be able to tell where you can improve. You want to record and measure certain factors to analyze for improvements such as employee numbers, workplace hazards, and weather. When you mind your productivity numbers, you’ll be able to spot hangups and issues early on before they can have a direct impact on your project’s budget and time. After all, prevention is the key to efficiency.

Texas directional drilling can help you save time on your projects by reducing the amount of land repair you need to do after drilling. It’s for this reason that horizontal directional drilling is considered the most efficient, safe, and cost-effective method for highway bores. To learn more about Texas directional drilling and how it can improve your projects, contact the directional drilling contractors at American Directional Boring today.

Ongoing Sewer Problems At Your Business? You Might Need A Replacement

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When you run a business, your sewer lines are most likely the last thing on your mind. Yet, like any pipe, sewer lines have the tendency to wear down with age and suffer from blockages.

Sewer lines are repairable, but sometimes it may be best to replace your lines. So how do you know when it’s the best time to replace your business’ sewer lines?

3 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Sewer Line
It can be challenging to determine whether you need a replacement or a repair. But odds are, if you’ve been calling for repairs on a regular basis, it may be time to replace your sewer line.

Here are a few signs it may be time to replace your sewer lines instead of calling for yet another repair:

  1. Your business experiences an ongoing stench
    Your business has a reputation to protect. The last thing you want to worry about it a foul smell. Blockages in your business’ sewer lines can cause sewer gasses to back up into your building. The result? Sewer stench. Sewer stench is one of the earliest indicators that you have a problem with your sewer lines.
  2. You have your rooter service on speed-dial
    Another sign it’s time to replace your sewer line is if you’re calling a rooter service on the regular. Blockages happen and rooter services help. But if the problem is reoccurring, odds are a rooter service alone isn’t going to take care of the problem. A sewer line replacement may be in your best interest.
  3. You’re experiencing sewer backups and slow drainage
    This is one of the most unmistakable signs it’s time to have your sewer line replaced. Sewer backups and slow drains can only get worse without repair. And if repairs don’t fix the problem, you can only expect ongoing rooter calls and expenses. A sewer line replacement may be your best bet when all is said and done.

Horizontal directional drilling or trenchless drilling is a safe, cost-effective, and efficient method for highway bores between two and 48-inch in diameter and 600 ft to 1800 ft in length. To learn more about trenchless drilling or to schedule trenchless drilling for your construction projects, contact the HDD contractors at American Directional Boring today.

Drilling In Clay: 3 Tips For Avoiding A Sticky Situation

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Directional drilling one of the top drilling methods in the United States. In fact, the global HDD market estimate for 2022 is $14.95 billion.


Yet even a popular drilling method like HDD can sometimes meet its match. That is, with clay soils.


Drilling With Clay: How To Fight Back


Clay is no one’s friend except in a pottery class. Clay soils mean hefty challenges, which can keep your directional drilling from going to plan. That said, there are a few common ways you may be able to fight back against these sticky situations.


If you know you’re headed for an area with clay soils, here are a few a few tips to keep your project up and running.


  1. Use the right tools. It can be a problem if you’ve already begun drilling and you’ve hit clay soils. But if you know you’re going to be drilling in clay, it’s best to have your equipment prepared. The right drilling tools can make their way through the density of the soil without clumping.

  2. Find the best additives. Clay likes water. Unfortunately, drilling with fluids that are 90% water can make things messy. That’s where additives come in. Different types of clay react to different types of additives. So it’s important to consider both before choosing a specific additive. The most common additives for drilling in clay include polymers and surfactants. You can also use flocculants and thinners.

  3. Outsource a directional drilling contractor. It can be near impossible to drill through clay without the right tools and additives. But it can also be a financial headache to buy new equipment for a single project. When you outsource a contractor, you don’t need to worry about the equipment. In fact, outsourcing a contractor is helpful because you get the latest technology. You also get a team to focus on the drilling while you focus on the rest of your project.


American Directional Boring can provide you with the Texas directional drilling services you need whether or not you’re dealing with clay soils. To learn more about our services or to talk to one of our Texas directional boring contractors, contact American Directional Boring today.

What Did You Say? 6 Directional Drilling Terms And What They Mean

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The horizontal directional drilling industry has its own fair share of slang. Like in all industries, certain words get picked up here and there until they stick.

To help put you in the know about these unique terms here are six common industry-words and what they mean.


  1. Running sand: Running sand is a slang term for a hazard in certain excavations. The sand can sometimes go below the water table. The water table is the part of the ground that’s saturated with water below a certain point.
  2. Swab: Swab means to clean out the borehole. This makes it easier for the pullback of the product pipe.
  3. Doughnut: A doughnut, besides a morning treat, is a rubber rod wiper located at the front of the drill rig. This wiper removes mud from the drill pipe as it’s pulled back from the borehole.
  4. Cycle rods: Cycle rods is an action term used for cycling the drill rods. Workers push the drill rods into the borehole and then pull the drill rods back. When done in repetition, the drill rods clean the path through the borehole. This avoids any disruption the drill rig could experience.
  5. Starter rod: A starter rod is the connector piece. It’s threaded and makes it easy to exchange reamers and directional heads.
  6. Burp hole: A burp hole is almost exactly what it sounds like. It’s a hole that’s dug along the path of the borehole. This relieves pressure in the borehole and prevents hydro-locking.
  7. Receiver: This term doesn’t refer to a football player. A receiver, also known as a magic box, is an electronic device. It determines the strength of electromagnetic signals that a transmitter sonde gives off. The transmitter sonde is in the pilot head of the boring system.


Horizontal Directional Drilling: The Number One Drilling Method

HDD helps with installing pipes or cables in a shallow borehole using a surface-launched drilling rig. Horizontal directional boring is one of the most popular types of drilling because it causes little disruption to the surrounding environment.

Trenchless drilling offers a minimal impact on the surrounding area. It also produces twice the amount of extracted gas or oil compared to traditional methods. To learn more about surface-launched drilling rigs or to talk to a directional drilling contractor, contact American Directional Boring today.

Horizontal Directional Drilling Vs. Trenching: Which Is Right For Me?

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Directional boring, also called horizontal directional drilling, is a form of trenchless drilling. Directional boring involves installing a cable or pipe through a drilled path. This underground drilling is popular because it’s safe, efficient, and cost-effective.

In fact, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is the current industry standard. Bores range between two to 28 inches in diameter and 600 feet to 1800 feet in length.

But when do you know it’s right to choose a horizontal direction drill or a trencher?

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