Excavate for a retaining wall

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cebe800, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. cebe800

    cebe800 LawnSite Member
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    What is the best way or ways you guys dig out for the retaining wall base?
     
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    ummmmm.......I dunno - from the surface and work your way down?




    What did I win, is this a trick question?
     
  3. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    With a excavator like a Cat 301.5 on up depending on how much you have to dig out. Also paired with a skid steer if possible. I dig from the side. Sometimes you have to use a shovel, pick and wheelbarrow since some areas are soo tight.
     
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    You mean like this???


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  5. cebe800

    cebe800 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the reply I was comtemplating using a trencher on a mini skid but was open to any ideas. I don't mind the shovel and pick but looking for a little easier and faster way.
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have dug footers as follows:

    * By hand with shovels

    * With full size back-hoes

    * With mini-excavators

    * With Mid-size, steel track excavators (as seen in the pic)

    * With forks on skid steer
     
  7. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    You got it!:weightlifter: I'll get some pics up soon; they just put up a massive wall at a new strip mall used a EC360 Volvo ex & like a 928G CAT loader. Going to do a job next spring will need to rent a 314 Cat
     
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If we can get the bobcat with hoe attm. there we dont do the job. Im getting
    to old and fat to do work hard.
    Mike
     
  9. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just dug one yesterday with a backhoe. total overkill, but I gave the customer a written one year guarantee on workmanship, so I don't want this thing to settle at all. we put about 8"-24" of compacted RCA throughout the entire trench. digging by hand sux and in the long run often costs you more in labor.
     
  10. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dig almost all by hand. That's why I lift the world in the gym. :weightlifter:

    If I do to much with machines I will surely surcome to old age.
     

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