Gaskets

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Municipalities have traditionally used open cut techniques to install pipes underground. Because it requires digging along the length of the pipeline, the method can be tricky to set up in specific environments. What happens when you have traffic congestion near the installation area? What if you’re working in a heavily used space in the public right-of-way, or if you want to avoid extensive damage to street pavement?

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Precast concrete box culverts are essentially the Legos of the construction world. You have a set number of pieces, and if they’re gasketed on arrival, there is no extra work except simply putting them together. They slide into place one-by-one and you’re good to go.

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Working closely with our clients has been a great way to continue to engineer our innovative gaskets and sealing products. We recently spoke with Benoit Tanguay, vice president of Engineering at Decast. The company regularly deploys Hamilton Kent products and services with its reinforced concrete pipe, manholes and box sections, as well as concrete pressure pipe.

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George R. Roberts Precast Co. of Alfred, ME was awarded a large oil-grit separator project in Waltham, MA. The purpose of the venture was to filter the oil and grit from the stormwater running off of a new BJ’s Warehouse parking lot. To produce a structure large enough to accommodate the potential runoff, Roberts connected five 8’ by 10’ box culvert sections end-to-end to make one continuous tank.

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