This new trusted reference has been completely updated to keep excavation contractors, operating engineers, and those learning the trade current with state-of-the-art equipment usage and the most efficient excavating and grading techniques.
You'll learn how to read topo maps, set crows feet, install water drain and sewer pipes, lay or remove asphaltic concrete, use a laser level, cut drainage channels, and use GPS and sonar for absolute precision.
Includes a CD-ROM with an interactive study center to help anyone brush up their skills or study for the license exam. Filled with hundreds of tips, pictures, and diagrams and tables every excavation contractor can use.
512 pages, 8-1/2 x 11
Excavation & Grading Handbook, Revised
by Nick Capachi
This is the revised edition of the popular reference manual used by over 25,000 excavation contractors and supervisors. It explains how to handle all types of excavation, grading, paving, pipeline and compaction jobs: reading plans and topo maps, following crows feet, setting cut and fill stakes, grade pins and string line (with both conventional and laser levels), and actually doing the work - whether it's a highway, subdivision, commercial, or trenching job.
Emphasis is on solving practical problems: working with rock, unsuitable material and in mud, widening rural roads, building narrow embankments, passing compaction tests, working around utility lines, cutting drainage channels, trenching and shoring. Three chapters explain how to lay, remove, or rip and compact asphaltic concrete. Another four describe the best ways to install water, drain and sewer pipe and construct manholes.
This edition has been completely rewritten to cover new materials, equipment and techniques: filter fabrics, laser levels, slip form pavers, curb machines and reclaimers. It includes hundreds of tips, pictures, diagrams and tables that every excavation contractor and supervisor can use.
Nicholas E. Capachi has over 30 years' experience as a contractor, foreman and superintendent on all types of excavation, road and pipeline work, from interstate highways and sewer trunk lines to subdivisions, industrial and commercial jobs and airport runways. He's licensed both as a general engineering contractor and a sanitation systems contractor and has been an active member of Operating Engineers Local 3 for over 20 years. Mr. Capachi and his wife Pat live in Sacramento, California.