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Old 06-08-2013, 09:36 PM
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loose soil from new trenches..

On very nice properties when modifying existing systems or whole new installs, what are some of your creative ways to put loose soil next to trench on top of so back filling looks nice without dirt everywhere... I know a tarp will work but looking for something long and narrow...?? I'm thinking possibly landscape fabric? Unroll.it as I go next to trench (hand dug ones that is) stack soil on it, back fill , then roll back up so its kept nice and outtta the way?? Thoughts
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:30 AM
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I will prolly catch a ton of crap for this but:

I use painters drop cloth, the cloth type, not plastic. It folds and stores well, drains good and won't tear easy.

I also use a shop vac a lot. Cleaning the ditch of loose dirt, cleaning VBs out, excavating under walks, head clean out etc.

If you use a trencher the vac cleans the trench bottom and the dirt from the grass after the spring rake.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:35 AM
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And if you want to see a good clean finish product look at Greenmonsters pics
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:36 AM
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I will prolly catch a ton of crap for this but:

I use painters drop cloth, the cloth type, not plastic. It folds and stores well, drains good and won't tear easy.

I also use a shop vac a lot. Cleaning the ditch of loose dirt, cleaning VBs out, excavating under walks, head clean out etc.

If you use a trencher the vac cleans the trench bottom and the dirt from the grass after the spring rake.
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Excellent ideas OneEye!
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:53 AM
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No joke.never thought of those drop cloths... I do tons of.landscaping so seem.like I always have fabric on the truck... I may try the fabric first but if it does not work I know what to use... thanks!
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:42 PM
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Drop cloth sounds good

Gm has a fantastic clean up
I know a company that uses potato sacks for head holes
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:42 PM
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fabric sounds like a good idea. i never thought of that. we used to cut the blue tarps down to 4 foot strips. they worked well.

we're on commercial sites mostly, and dont do too much intermediate digging (anything more than 10 or so feet gets plowed), but for valve boxes or main line breaks, we go dumpster diving for cardboard.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:26 PM
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And if you want to see a good clean finish product look at Greenmonsters pics
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Thanks Jim.

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Old 06-09-2013, 06:42 PM
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You've earned many times over

Hope you heal soon.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:24 PM
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You've earned many times over

Hope you heal soon.
The Greenman did a great job, no doubt. To avoid "cupping", since we always trenched, I came to install a temp quick-couple and high pressure water- backfilled the trenches. Never had a settling issue after that, and it cleaned up the sides, as well.
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