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Re: The dirtwork thread
« Reply #160 on: November 24, 2021, 09:33:57 PM »
That looks like red pex, is that to pump hot water to keep the line from freezing ?

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« Reply #161 on: November 24, 2021, 11:51:16 PM »
Mike, my curse is that I have no problem sitting still, but that doesn't pay $$$😊
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Re: The dirtwork thread
« Reply #162 on: November 25, 2021, 07:40:19 AM »
The pex is just in case we have a freeze up.  It's buried deep and there's 4" of pink board over it but it is under a plowed and driven on area.  If it does freeze we can pump boiler fluid through and thaw it out.  That's the theory anyway ;) ;D :)
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« Reply #163 on: November 25, 2021, 07:48:01 AM »
We plugged the old well the best we could.  The wooden rods were still in it and weren't much more than mush.  We were able to get about four feet of them out, tamped the wood mush into the casing as far as possible and filled it with bentonite pellets.  I would liked to have plugged it top to bottom but there was no way.
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« Reply #164 on: November 25, 2021, 09:07:22 AM »
That's a cool backhoe! Good luck getting it all buttoned back up, that's going to feel good

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« Reply #165 on: November 25, 2021, 09:25:29 AM »
  If it does freeze we can pump boiler fluid through and thaw it out.  That's the theory anyway ;) ;D :)
I have some experience with this.  If the boiler loop is just water youll have to keep it flowing on the deepest frost events. If the boiler loop freezes itll be useless until a natural thaw.   But with it flowing hot water youll be golden at any temp.  
Ive buried 110v  icemelt cables to solve my freezeups in the problem spots and theyre great for thawing as needed. 
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« Reply #166 on: November 25, 2021, 01:38:49 PM »
  Done 8) 8)  It'll get a final grade in the spring.  The post is set to mount the electric panel so we can have a couple plugs and a disconnect for the well and maybe a light.  We also installed a hydrant and we beat the weather :)  This OWB has boiler anti-freeze in it.  Straight up water wouldn't do what I want.  The underground loop filled with anti-freeze and a heat exchanger hooked to a boiler loop is what I'd have done if the boiler had straight up water just like for domestic hot water.  IF the well line freezes I want to be able thaw it out.  It's meant to be a remedy not a prevention :)  




 
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« Reply #167 on: November 25, 2021, 02:00:29 PM »
That's a cool backhoe! Good luck getting it all buttoned back up, that's going to feel good
It's a 52 8N with a Sherman Power Digger backhoe and Wagner loader.  It's been on this farm longer than I have ;D
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Re: The dirtwork thread
« Reply #168 on: November 28, 2021, 05:48:45 PM »
Since this is the Dirtwork thread, I finally found a guy who would do a single day's work with a large excavator.  He wanted to work this weekend.

Yesterday, he dug up some large stumps down on our point, and took down a few trees I've been wanting to take down.  That only took three hours.  The rest of the time I had him pile up some of my extraordinary topsoil.

Our place has probably 150 lake lots on two sides.  For forty years, I've been letting those people dump leaves in this spot, and dumped the stuff from the lots I cleared when I was building new houses on the lake.  Also, stall cleanings for 40 years.

It used to be a hillside.  Now, or at least before today, it is flat where I've been pushing it level, to about a 14 foot cliff on the downhill side.

I had him dig a test hole, to see about how deep it was, and he couldn't hit bottom.  I think it probably averages about 8 feet deep, for 3/4 of an acre.  I only need to put a couple of inches on the two acre point.

He started on the cliff edge, and piled it on the uphill side, until he ran out of room to put it.  He didn't dig up 25% of what's there.

It's full of large Earthworms.  I could go in the fishing worm business, if I wanted to.  I intend to spread two, or three inches on our point that I've had a hard time getting grass to grow on the hard, poor ground.

I have a guy coming with a pretty good sized trommel dirt screen.

Not exactly what I wanted to do this weekend, but I was glad to get it done.


 

 

 


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« Reply #169 on: November 28, 2021, 10:17:47 PM »
Gonna start selling it?
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« Reply #170 on: November 29, 2021, 06:24:36 AM »
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« Reply #171 on: November 29, 2021, 08:14:35 AM »
I'll see how far it goes here, first.  I have a lot of grass to cut that I'm going to topdress/level with it, and need to get pretty grass growing on that point.  We're planning to rent it for weddings, as soon as I can get it ready.

That's what I built this drag for.

That little brick house had/is going to have bathrooms in it.  It's the brick house you've always heard about how well built it is.  Already a good septic tank there.  


 

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« Reply #172 on: November 29, 2021, 11:46:03 AM »
Boy that drag really floats. 

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« Reply #173 on: November 29, 2021, 12:47:27 PM »
Guys seem to really like these. They make various models for Skid and 3 point 

 

 

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« Reply #174 on: November 29, 2021, 04:58:20 PM »
I don't want to shape what's there now, and Really don't want to bring any more rocks to the surface.  I have all sorts of grading implements for the tractors.  I have it graded out pretty good, and all the rocks on, and near the surface up.  It has a big crown on it, and after taking all the Pine trees down, we lost most of the good topsoil in the grading after that.  What's left is hard as a rock, and water runs off most of it.

My drag is strictly for topdressing, including over existing growing grass.  I can spread some with the bucket, and level it out with the drag.  It fills in all the low spots, and won't even knock off a Dandelion stem.

I can lighten up with it, and it will leave one, or a few inches.

That drag was made as a test piece, out of 3x3x3/16 angle iron.  It does pretty good, but I may build a bigger one out of 4x4x1/4. It does good if I go over an area multiple times, but I can see where a bit more weight, and taller vertical parts would be better.  I'm afraid if I get too heavy with it, it would move too much, rather than spreading it.

I intend to put in a sprinkler system, pumping water out of the lake.


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