This is the tool used to punch holes in the earth for the orange conduit that will hold our Google Fiber. It’s kind of like an autonomous jackhammer that pounds its way through dirt and even rock. It’s powered by the air compressor behind it.
Workers dig long holes every 20 feet or so (it varies and I’m guessing anyway).
The punching tool is placed in the hole.
The worker uses his shovel, leg, etc. to point the tool towards its goal, the next hole up the street, marked by the yellow shovel handle.
The tool goes to work, shaking everything. It’s fun to put your foot on the ground along its path to feel how far it’s gotten.
Here you can see a finished hole heading up towards the Baers’ Zoysia grass patch. (Tom, they did a good job of putting the grass back.)
Soon, I hope, we’ll have Google Fiber service!
- ge, bartram drive