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MAY 2017

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62 MAY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM (EDCO). "e scarifiers worked to remove the layers of dried sludge much faster than abrasive blasting," he explained of the week-long process. At that point, there came a standoff. e equipment that the client had to remove the sludge, still sitting in the bottom of the basin, was neither sufficient nor up to code. e facility manager didn't want to upgrade it but wanted the Southern Industrial Linings crew to complete the cleanup. So Bloodworth 's crew attempted to work with the pump for five weeks before the manager finally agreed to bring in a larger one. It was a new day and they had a new task. According to Bloodworth, the Southern Industrial Linings crew removed 3,800 dump trucks worth of what was mostly sand. "e project was estimated to take 15 to 18 days for prep and coating start- ing in September, but the sludge removal ended up taking 6+ weeks and threw the project later in the year, making things slower," Bloodworth explained. "ey worked their butts off; there's no question about it," he said of his crew. "W hile we were doing the silt removal, they were working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day." A ll of that hard work took a toll on the crew, though. "Doing maintenance all day long is extremely tough on your ankles and feet," Bloodworth said, who still has an injured foot as a result of the hard work. "I spent a good bit of time on the jobsite, working with them, trying to speed things along," he explained. " Trying to walk on that thing for eight weeks straight with steel-toed boots on was unbelievably grueling," he continued. To protect themselves during work on those steep slopes, Bloodworth and his crew wore harnesses with ropes as well as inserts from Dr. Scholl 's. And with that, they kept on trucking. Ready, Aim, Fire! Coordination became a key to keeping this project at a forward march. Bloodworth and his crew used several strategies to attack the prep and coating portions of the project: keeping all equipment portable and div v ying up the surface area depending on the task. At 500 feet (152.4 m) long by 200 feet (61.0 m) wide, this was a large perim- eter to navigate. "Because of the size of it and the layout, and the depth of it, you couldn't put anything down in there. W hen we were sandblasting, for example, we staged all the sandblasters on trucks and trailers," Bloodworth explained. ey had a trailer on either side of the basin and kept them moving around the edge. "You could sandblast for the day and then move forward — sand blast and move forward. Sometimes even during the day we had to move." Once they were ready to blast, the crew divided the entire project into 4,800-square-foot (445.9 m²) areas. With painted dashes, they "cut the whole thing up into squares so you could tell what your area was," Bloodworth At first, they were given an insufficient pump to remove the silt at the bottom of the pit, but the facility bought them a new one and they were able to clean it out. Aeration Pond Environmentally Safe VpCI ® /MCI ® Technologies EXCELLENCE Q U A I T Y ® C O R P O R AT I O N PRODUCTIVITY INVESTMENT AND COST REDUCTION Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #291

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