White clay?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by O'Dell Equipment Rental, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. O'Dell Equipment Rental

    O'Dell Equipment Rental LawnSite Member
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    I dug some test holes on my new lot Sat, and found good red clay in all areas except the main place I wanted to dig from, it was a white clay sandy on top but the same consistency of the red clay after about 4 ft down. It isn't what we call "gumbo" clay around here it appears to be just like the red clay only white.

    I want to dig from the back of my lot and move it to the front. Does the white clay pack like the red clay? I would like to be a little more informed when the guys start giving me bids.

    Thanks:)
     
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    The white clay here is usually Bentonite
     
  4. O'Dell Equipment Rental

    O'Dell Equipment Rental LawnSite Member
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    I looked at those links that could be it. Does it pack? If it is bentonite does it pack down good? I know that is what ponds are lined with isn't it?
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    We have alot of Kaolin in the middle and lower Ga areas.

    I do not know how well it will pack but the stuff is like glue when it gets wet.
     
  6. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes we do - my experience with the white stuff is not good . It is impossible to work , will not perc so it acts like a plug and holds water , gets slick as boiled okra when it gets wet and will have soft areas that will not compact at all - just stays spongey. Yours may be different , but if it is like middle Georgia white , you need to leave it where it is.
     
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    We had 1500 acres leased at the back side of the old Oakey Woods WMA and it was ate up with it.
    It would get in your 4 wheeler rims and be so sticky that it would bog it down.
     
  8. O'Dell Equipment Rental

    O'Dell Equipment Rental LawnSite Member
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    I went up there yesterday and the piles from the holes I had dug were hard as a brick and mostly dry. It must not be Kaolin, I don't know what it is, but it looks like it would make a pretty good base. Thanks for your input.
     

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