Problem: The elevator in the La Fonda Hotel had been deemed unsafe for operation because the jack was rotted out from groundwater.
They needed to remove the jack and install a new one, but could not remove the backfilled dirt. They were not allowed to block their main entrance during construction.
Solution: Since we couldn't go through the front, we went through the back. We ran 600ft of air hose and vacuum hose to reach the elevator. We used barrel interceptors because of the contaminated oil and dirt. Then we hauled the barrels out with a tractor. On May 20th, when they installed the new jack, they couldn't get it straight because the groundwater pushed dirt back up into the hole. Our solution was to airlance it in order to shake the dirt out of the way.
Problem: Temperatures dropped in Santa Fe and a line in the roof of a historic building froze and broke. It soaked the recycled newspaper insulation that was in the ceiling. This created a mold problem.
They couldn't tear the ceiling down in order to remove the insulation due to the building's historic status.
Solution: We climbed up into the 2' wide ceiling cavity and vacuumed out the insulation. Then we hauled away the insulation and disposed of it.
Problem: A company needed to replace the elevator jack because it was leaking oil faster than they could replace it. The jack went 45' into the ground. They needed to take that jack out, put a new one in and remove all of the dirt that encased the old jack.
Solution: We ran a 4” diameter vacuum hose through the building to the elevator and we set up a barrel interceptor so that it was easy to get rid of the oil contaminated dirt. Then we hung a 4” diameter hose from the ceiling and ran an airlance to break up the compacted material and vacuum it out.
Problem: The client needed to dig a hole 9.5' deep and 3' wide. There was no way to get a tracker into the area because of the buildings and concrete blocking the way.
Solution: Vacuum truck and a long 6" diameter hose.