Year in Review: The Top 10 Online Stories of 2017

Year in Review: The Top 10 Online Stories of 2017

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As 2017 comes to a close, we’d like to take a few moments to look back on what made the headlines this year. These are the stories you clicked on, liked and shared the most in the past 12 months.

From stories on operators helping in emergency situations to how-to-articles and more, here are the top 10 stories from

10) Signs Your Hydroexcavator is Running into Trouble

Even with proper maintenance, problems can still creep up on your hydroexcavator, which is why contractors need to keep eyes and ears open for warning signs. This story goes through some common causes to problems hydrovacs might have.

9) Hurricane Ravaged City Getting Help from Contractors

Florida’s Murphy Pipeline Contractors was busy in the days after Hurricane Irma rolled through the state in September. Crews were dispatched to Pompano Beach and Sunrise to help municipalities with repair efforts on water and wastewater systems.

8) Hydroexcavation Contractor Continues Cleanup Work in Houston

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas Aug. 25, Houston and its surrounding suburbs were left in shambles. Landshark Hydro-Excavation, based in nearby Pearland, got to work as soon as it was able to get through the roads, helping with cleanup work.

7) Weighing the Pros and Cons of Expanding

Knowing the right time to expand a business can be tricky. The owners of Davids Hydro Vac and J. Angelo Industries have both found ways to make it easy and in this story, they offer their secrets to knowing the right time to grow.

6) Find That Buried Plastic Pipe

This story offers six tips to help contractors find those plastics pipes that they might not be able to find with traditional utility locating equipment since the pipes are nonconductive.

5) ICUEE Day 2 Notes: Pink Drill Bits Give Contractors a Way to Help

Manufacturer Bit Brokers International displayed its full lineup of pink drill bits at the 2017 ICUEE Show in October. A portion of each pink drill bit sold in 2017 went toward breast cancer awareness.

4) Hydroexcavation Crews Aid in California Fire Cleanup

More than 40 vacuum excavation crews came into Santa Rosa, California, in early October to help with cleanup efforts following a fire that destroyed more than 2,900 homes and burned 36,390 acres.

3) Hydroexcavator Comes to the Rescue in Car Fire

In this story Discovery Hydrovac operator Keith Byers came across a car fire on a busy California highway and used his on-board water to extinguish the flames and saved some of the driver’s books in the car.

2) 4 Lightweight Hydrovac Trucks That Address Weight Issues

Hydroexcavators are exceeding road weight limits when fully loaded. It’s a problem manufacturers are trying to solve. In this story we looked at some hydrovac units that could solve the weight limit issues.

1) Sinkhole Swallows Hydrovac

Typically hydroexcavators are used to dig holes, not fall into them. However, on Jan. 17, a Badger Daylighting hydrovac was swallowed by a sinkhole. The truck ended up with its cab and front tires hanging in the air, while the debris tank was in the hole.


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