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Offline Jeff

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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2017, 03:17:00 pm »
Can I hire you?  I need some diggin' done.   8)

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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2017, 04:05:50 pm »
Hey Jeff, I have an old drag bucket you can have, it will hook right up to your 3pt hitch...shippings on you though. Can you get approved from the boss to get one of the tow behind back hoes ?
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2017, 04:15:38 pm »
I am almost in tears thinking of digging that trench by hand. Industrial strength Tylenol would be my friend.
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2017, 04:26:45 pm »
It's obvious to me that Jeff is the "get 'er done" type, that would've taken me a week to do, making excuses the whole time of other stuff that needed done ;D Well, hmm actually now that I think of it, domestic water, sewer, and electricity is something that makes all of us get er done types. The wife will see to it ;) I remember at our last house, the septic backed up one weekend. I had to go get my grandpa's backhoe, 75 miles away, dig it up,  put in new section of drainfield, return backhoe. The obvious difference in mine and Jeff's story being "backhoe" :D I did have to get my arm down inside a 50 year old septic tank to put a baffle on it. The answer to the question- "can stalactites form from sewage inside a septic tank?" Yes. Yes they can steve_smiley
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2017, 04:48:02 pm »
Hey Jeff, I have an old drag bucket you can have, it will hook right up to your 3pt hitch...shippings on you though. Can you get approved from the boss to get one of the tow behind back hoes ?

I have a trip bucket. Didn't need a trench 2 feet wide though, and it would have tore out the irrigation lines.

This was definitely a get-er-done project. no shower and flushing the toilet with the bucket gets old quick. The shower part especially, when you are digging the mother of all trenches. :D

I did find some treasures on this dig. 34 years of raising a family here, who knows what else is buried out there.
 

 
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 06:47:28 pm »
That reminds me of a ditch I had to dig about 3 years ago.
I had a shoulder injury and my basement drain quit.
It had to be hand dug and I did it all with one arm and a bucket.
I had to dig 6 feet down and it was under my front porch that was
only 2 feet off the ground. Then I had to dig 3 feet back up and
under the basement cement floor to the drain. The ditch was 30
feet long. Sure was glad when that was done.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 07:09:10 pm »
The wire I am going to replace is actually well wire. I can buy replacement well wire which is direct burial rather than direct burial wire a lot cheaper. Same gauge. Will have to bury one splice. They make a kit for that but should I consider buying a tube of silicone caulk and ripping it open and placing the splice in it and work it around to seal the cable for additional protection?
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« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2017, 04:26:29 am »
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2017, 12:06:13 pm »
I want to know how the heck you dig with one arm?  A garden trowel?  It would be impossible up here in rock country.  With two good arms you have lots of trouble.  Large digging bars rule the day for breaking up rocks.

Jeff - nice work, it looks good afterwards.  Digging sucks.
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2017, 12:34:57 pm »
All I have is clay. Lots and lots of clay. I would love to just have some dirt.
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2017, 12:37:09 pm »
Clay soil here, too.  Only places there's any dirt is under the trees from the leaves over the decades providing mulch.  Out around the house - clay.  Clay mud is the worst.  Nothing in the world is stickier.
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2017, 01:25:48 pm »
Lay a bucket on it's side and sit on it. Then take a 24" hoe and chop
the dirt and pull it back into the bucket... I had to do something.
Not fun at all...
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2017, 02:34:25 pm »
When I was young,  l hooked up city water to my house.  The inspector made me dig the trench 5 ft deep and it was 95 ft long. I dug it by hand to save some trees that I had to tunnel through the roots. My biggest problem was the valve on the main was 8 feet down and I had to use a  bucket and rope to get the dirt out plus make it big enough to work in. Now I have a little Chinese trencher that makes trenches a easy job. :)
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2017, 04:10:34 pm »
Now I have a little Chinese trencher that makes trenches a easy job. :)

I hope you mean a mechanical trencher that is made in China?  ;D

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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2017, 08:03:02 pm »
Now I have a little Chinese trencher that makes trenches a easy job. :)

I hope you mean a mechanical trencher that is made in China?  ;D
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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2017, 08:45:18 pm »
Now I have a little Chinese trencher that makes trenches a easy job. :)

I hope you mean a mechanical trencher that is made in China?  ;D
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« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2017, 10:43:48 pm »
 :D :D :D That is funny.
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« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2017, 05:19:27 am »
Thanks hilltop 366. I haven't laughed in awhile. I did when I read your post & still am.

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Re: Half-assed will bite ya.
« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2017, 05:36:42 pm »
I'm impressed Jeff. So impressed I'm going to make an offer you can't refuse. I'll let ya spend a night at my camp in Vermont if you dig my new root cellar. It's only 10x15 with an 8x8 section beside it. Only 4 feet to bedrock. Kind of impossible to get an excavator into the site.

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« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2017, 08:46:29 pm »
We'll be needing some A.N., diesel, and a blasting cap.
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