The short answer is “as many holes as we can safely cover”.
Demolition Dave will save you time and therefore money wherever possible by using millisecond delay detonators on vibration sensitive projects. Every job is different but it would not be unusual for us to fire 30-40 holes in one shot using millisecond delay detonators.
Modern blasting techniques utilise the process of millisecond delay blasting. These detonators have a built in time delay element so that every hole has a different delay period; in other words they all fire in very fast succession. Typical time delay spacing is 25mS per hole. The huge advantage in using this system is that it does not matter whether you fire 3 holes or 300 holes; the peak vibration level is the same.
Demolition Dave will always use millisecond delay detonators, where appropriate, when working near buildings. This is an intrinsic part of our blast vibration management strategy.
Not all blasting contractors have the licence endorsement to offer this service. If you want to save money, it is certainly worth asking if your blasting contractor will be using millisecond delay detonators.
A little history for those who are interested:- In the old days, shots were fired one hole at a time using a safety fuse. The next improvement to come along was Detonating Cord. This product allows many holes to be fired together – a BIG time saver… however, this has a VERY big drawback in that when all of the holes fire at exactly the same time, the resultant ground vibration can be VERY large.
Blasting out in a paddock? No problem! But in a suburban backyard, this procedure will certainly bring complaints …or worse, damage claims. Lack of understanding on this point and/or the culpable use of detonating cord has caused a lot of damage in the past, to both buildings AND the reputation of the blasting industry.