Movin Dirt !

BigAl

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Got a excavator , 16 yard Peterbuilt dump truck and 1 small loader moving dirt for my new RV Garage . Looks like at least three more full days of digging to put it the pad behind the house . I have not ran a Pete in about 20 years . It was a fun day . All the excess dirt is going below the house to form a gentle slope to the pasture , I figure about another 125 dump loads might get us close to having a pad . We are going in 20 feet into the hillside and then sloping the grade to the pad .
 

bczoom

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Sweet! Pictures?

Sounds like a lot more fun than putting up a quonset hut. BTW, what happened to that thing?
 

EastTexFrank

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Pictures Al, pictures.

I just went through something similar. I thought that I knew every square foot of my place until they started to use a laser to shoot levels for the dam and lake that I've just about finished building. The same thing goes for the cement pad for the barn that I'm just about to build. I knew that my place wasn't level but jeez, I picked the most level place that I had for my barn and there was still a drop of 3' over 40'. I had dozers and back blades running over the place for days. Land is deceptive.

The reason that I'm interested is that my wife wants me to build a RV pad next year. I don't have a place to put it that doesn't require major dirt work and relocation of sprinklers, etc. I honestly don't know if I'm up for it.
 

300 H and H

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20 feet into the hill side?

Are you doing anything to stablise the back of the cut into the hill?

If say in the next year or two can yoyu be sure that it won't erode and fail?

Retaining wall? What about heavy rain runoff, got some plan for that?

Just askin' :flowers:

Regards, Kirk
 

BigAl

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20 feet into the hill side?

Are you doing anything to stablise the back of the cut into the hill?

If say in the next year or two can yoyu be sure that it won't erode and fail?

Retaining wall? What about heavy rain runoff, got some plan for that?

Just askin' :flowers:

Regards, Kirk

Oh yea , We got plans . Pictures today
 

Dargo

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Oh yea , We got plans . Pictures today

If you're like me, I seem to forget to take pictures while operating unless I come across something that is damaged. Then I somehow remember to get my phone out and take clear pictures of the damage and photographic evidence that I have not been in or around that area.

Now that I brazed up the hole in the line set for the A/C in my 15 ton excavator, I may remember to take more pics since I won't be swatting insects, rubbing dirt out of my eyes etc. while overheated.
 

Snowtrac Nome

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my problem is when I break something I'm too darn'd busy fixing it to stop for pics .
 

BigAl

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Wife got some good pictures . now I have to wait for her to send them off her camera so I can post .

Man , I was busier than a two peckered Billy Goat to day !! Dumped the truck as it was filled , Take it back to the fill site , then run for the tractor to spread the dirt in the new area after it was dumped.
Greased and fueled the tractor and Pre Oped the truck for tomorrow . Had 4 zerts refusing to take grease so that took an hour to get the grease pin holes opened again . The loader levers started acting up around noon time and I spent another hour fixin that this evening . Still managed to connect the grader box to my Tractor this evening and started finish grading the slope where the new dirt is being used . I think we are still looking at 2 days ,by the time we get the rest of the dirt moved and then go back and finish slope the cut on the hill side .
Oh ,,,,, did I mention the excavator threw a track at quitting time so guess what we are doing first thing in the morning ???
 

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muleman

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D5 cat dozer and it would be done already in that loose soil....Where are the rocks? I can't even dig a post hole without hitting rocks. Have 2 to put in for extra fence tensioners and will use the backhoe to dig the holes.
 

NorthernRedneck

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That pete is a similar setup to what dad used to run in the bush building logging roads. He'd do that in the summer then in the fall take the dump box off and switch over to a cabsheild and fifth wheel setup so he could hook up to his log trailer and haul wood all winter.

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BigAl

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Yep , it is a "78" Pete but runs great and has a ton of upgrades .

Getting tired of moving dirt. Today we will finish the rough cut and then its all mine to finish cut to grade . Then I gotta start getting the building designed for the new RV . I think I am looking at a 14'x44' that will have a 16' ceiling clearance . Not sure if I want to just leave the floor gravel or finish with a concrete floor . Also unsure weather to put a 12'x14 roll up door in or just leave it open . Going to go with a perimeter foundation at least 4' tall to make snow removal easy next to the building .
 

jwstewar

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Is 14' wide enough? If you get a wide body unit (8' 6") and then have a slide out (36") you are at almost 12' that could make it tight trying to get in and out of the door. I know a lot of units you can't get completely through them (I know probably different with a motor home) with the slide in. It would suck having to pull it out so the slide could be put out to do what you need to do.
 

bczoom

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I vote for concrete floor.
When I put my building in, I didn't finish the floor. So much moisture from the ground that everything rusted.
 

BigAl

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Is 14' wide enough? If you get a wide body unit (8' 6") and then have a slide out (36") you are at almost 12' that could make it tight trying to get in and out of the door. I know a lot of units you can't get completely through them (I know probably different with a motor home) with the slide in. It would suck having to pull it out so the slide could be put out to do what you need to do.


DAMN IT !!!! I never thought of that ! This thing goes 14' with the slides out .
 

NorthernRedneck

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DAMN IT !!!! I never thought of that ! This thing goes 14' with the slides out .

Better to catch that now then build it and realize :doh: it doesn't fit with the slides open. Would be a pain in the butt trying to pack it and have to move it in and out of the garage every time the missus decides she needs something else loaded for the trip.
 
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