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#16 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 08:45 AM

Wait a minute!!! What the heck were you thinking?
You had the perfect opportunity to find and excuse to buy a mini backhoe for the Ford and you let it slip thru your fingers like smoke.
(Just kidding, just kidding)
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Posted July 26, 2015 - 09:17 AM

Wait a minute!!! What the heck were you thinking?
You had the perfect opportunity to find and excuse to buy a mini backhoe for the Ford and you let it slip thru your fingers like smoke.
(Just kidding, just kidding)


That is the perfect reason to justifiy that purchase.

I tried to justify a kubota with a back hoe and bucket to my wife. Didn't work.
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Posted July 26, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Nope never would have worked just way too small! Well got the pipe in and stoned and backfilled partially, ran out of decent fill .. Now is where the money will go!! I need at least 80 yRds DOH!! I had figured this could cost about $5k when done, and am no where near that yet!
Dad and my brother Derek helped today and things went pretty darned good! Derek can run an excavator like many dream about! He has won many competitions with them and backhoes. Anyways it went as smooth as things could. And only took about an hour and half to dig the ditch deeper, lay pipe, and stone, (ditch filled with silt and cave ins).
Now I have tons of rock and boulders to move and get rid of? I have a huge hole/ swale to fill???? Just need a bigger machine hmmmm???

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 08:46 PM

That is not exactly the kind of surprise I want, but everyone else is right: doing it that way saved you the contractor's bill.  At least you got to play with a piece of equipment we all can never afford to own. 

 

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Posted July 27, 2015 - 05:48 AM

....Well got the pipe in and stoned and backfilled partially, ran out of decent fill .. I need at least 80 yRds DOH!! I had figured this could cost about $5k when done, and am no where near that yet!
(ditch filled with silt and cave ins).
Now I have tons of rock and boulders to move and get rid of? I have a huge hole/ swale to fill????

 

Pardon my ignorance, but why couldn't some of the rock have been used for backfill ?

 

I understand that boulders would be a problem, and without compaction, settlement will occur causing a swale in the future.

 

Around here, if you buy a load of fill, you will get anything, except boulders!


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 07:15 AM

Just for that reason Bruce, it is about 90% boulders left. And I hate placing rock in a trench so it will fill and not get pockets later down the road. Im just not that patient or good with the controls lol.
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Posted July 27, 2015 - 07:40 AM

Backfilling with anything bigger than 6" in diameter will usually result in settlement in the future. That was why I screened my backfill 25 years ago. I've seen a project where the contractor was allowed to backfill with 3' boulders in a fill area for a road. That road has had settlement problems for 30 years now. Try to find material that doesn't have much fine sands, silt, nor clay.

 

I did a pretty good job but it looks funny in the winter. For about 5' around the house there is no frost heave but farther from the house is plenty of heave. This causes water to run to the house. Sure am glad I doubled the pipes in 1990. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 07:46 PM

40 yards of bank run and 20 of sumpfill to top it and this is where I'm at tonight.

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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:03 PM

Those track hoes are wonderful machines. Shortly after I bought mine to bury rock piles on the farm, part of our septic system froze up. Had to dig up 80' of drain line. After the job was completed the wife says " maybe we should keep that thing around here, it's pretty handy." Bless her heart.  :D


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Posted July 28, 2015 - 08:06 AM

That's no small project. Kudos to you for taking it on, and doing it right :thumbs:


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Posted July 28, 2015 - 10:44 AM

That's no small project. Kudos to you for taking it on, and doing it right :thumbs:


I'm to cheap to pay someone to do it, besides if you want something done right you do it your self! LOL
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Posted July 28, 2015 - 10:55 AM

That is the perfect reason to justifiy that purchase.

I tried to justify a kubota with a back hoe and bucket to my wife. Didn't work.

Get some excavation quotes and she may change her mind!


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Posted July 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Get some excavation quotes and she may change her mind!

 

yeah, that situation thankfully hasn't arisen yet.  I have a retaining wall I need to fix...If I had one I'd probably just be in my yard digging holes and filling them in for the heck of it.



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Posted July 28, 2015 - 12:36 PM

yeah, that situation thankfully hasn't arisen yet.  I have a retaining wall I need to fix...If I had one I'd probably just be in my yard digging holes and filling them in for the heck of it.

One of the negatives to having a backhoe is many people think that you should "loan" it to them, even if you don't know them. They won't understand why you say "no" because "it is just a backhoe". Chances are, if you loan it, if and when it comes back it will be damaged. Stick with the renting until you have a huge project where you will need it over many weeks or months. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 28, 2015 - 01:18 PM

I'm already having withdrawal symptoms..... Damn I miss that little machine already! And what really sucks, I found a taker for all that rock!!! Now that its buried... DOH!!!
Lets see, rental of rock crusher.. $10K
Excavator rental $2K
Diesel fuel $1500...
Hummmmmm no more rocks.....
Wife better start working OT so I can fix the rocky yard LOL.
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