I'm running a 1000' trench for electrical primary to a new home. I'm
in a bit of a time crunch, and got half of it done already. I was
going to do the other half this weekend, but delayed due to rain
(which of course has caused problems with the completed first half).
Right now they are calling for 30% chance of rain tomorrow , clear
Tuesday, possible rain Wed. I really need to get this done and am
wondering if i would have any success tomorrow or if i'm just wasting
time and money. Soils are very high clay content and get greasy when
Thanks for any input!!!
Our trencher won't move if it's too greasy on top. It's a Ditch
Witch R40 with the hi float tires. We ask farmers to disk a trail
through the fields for us so we're working in loose soil.
It might help to drive the trencher back and forth a couple times to
make a trail. Another thing that might help would be to slow down the
travel speed when trenching. Let the digger chain do the work.
I remember one spring when it never seemed to quit raining. I hooked
a tractor (3010) to the trencher to pull it. I put the tractor in low
gear and idled it up just enough so the motor wouldn't die. The tractor
spun the whole way but that was OK.
I don't remember how it was filling the trench back in. It takes
good traction to backfill so it probably didn't work too well.
digging in wet or moist dirt is easier than digging in dry
dirt. digging in clay is rough and most always produces the
result of me bringing out the mattock. I like the mattock.
working up a rhythm and singing the yo-e-o song to pass the
time can be a great form of exercise good for the arms and
one day while in an electrical supply house I saw this nice
shovel and it was only about 3 inches wide. the sales clerk
told me it was for trenching in electrical lines. made good
sense to only dig as wide as needed and not the typical shovel
anyhow the set back due to rain is going to depend on how much
rain and how fast the down pour arrives as well as the terrain
slopes creating fast run off. without seeing the job site its
going to be difficult to make a relative recommendation as to
whether you should wait for the rains to pass or consider the
amount of rework required as a result of water washing.
I can say this, digging in wet clay is not any easier than
dry clay. in fact, the clay is heavier when wet.
as a side note if time is a problem then renting a motorized
trencher can expedite the digging process.
ps: Folks is a nice word and one I'd like to see more often.
On Sun, 2 Dec 2007 18:42:29 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
I really dont understand where your question is? You cant fight the
weather, but we all face the same problems. When working outdoors on
ANYTHING, we all have to work with the weather. There is no timeline
whne weather decides to stop us. However, a hand shovel should work
regardless of the weather. Put on some no slip boots, a raincoat, and
go to work.
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