Trench Digging

When we realised we needed to dig 40metres of trenches for piping; storm water and sewage, hiring a digger was the obvious choice.

When we rang to book the digger the machine was only available between 9am-4pm. The pressure was on. Fortunately as it hadn’t rained the digging went more quickly than we estimated.

Prior to taking this tangent we’ve been building our deck. Decking had come to a halt though as the trench was to intersect through the decking, unless we wished to dig by hand it was time to take a detour. In no time we had two trenches dug.

Whilst PC was on the digger I raced into town for a couple of loads of crusher dust, which was then spread as a base in the trenches.

Next the pipes were laid and joined up

ready for the plumber to come and connect to the outlets.

One trench covered over and the next trench ready.
Satisfying to have one more job completed and crossed off the list. Back to the decking.

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5 Responses

  1. would be painful to do by hand under a deck!

  2. We have an army of shorter workers here who dug the storm water trenches under the house on the other side (about 50 metres of it with 2 – 3 feet of clearance) … but we had the option this time so I made it easier on them … put them out of as job with technology.
    PC

  3. Great progress. Wouldn't want to dig this length by hand in summer when you had another option.

  4. I feel a little bit stupid, but is your house (if that is your house) up on stilts? Just wondering. . .

  5. Deanne
    PC just finished a little by hand, told me the soil was easier than he thought and perhaps they could have done it all by hand after all!!!

    PC
    I'm proud of you using technology.{}

    K
    PC would have been happy too, the team wasn't.

    Eva
    Many houses in Australia are on piers. this allows the air to circulate under, our summers are so hot, and also the termites are a big problem in many areas (such as here). Our house is just over 1metre (2feet) off the ground.

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