Tackling mud

icex

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
WV
Went and looked at a job Thursday, rained off and on, the homeowner wanted their lot leveled for a doublewide their getting in summer. I tell them its going to be way to muddy but to call me if it dries out over the weekend. They call today and tell me its as dry as it is going to get and to come level it. I take the skid steer and low and behold water in ruts everywere. I told them its too wet and they insisted I try.

The more I leveled, the more ruts I made. If I filled in one rut, I'd make another. I finaly convince the homeowner that its way to wet and its going to have to dry a week or longer before we even attempt leveling it. His wife calls my skid steer a peice of **** and said I should of brought a excavator.

Seriously, how can you do anything in mud that sinks the skid steer up to the bottom? He then tells me that sun dont hit but one side of the lot and it probaly won't dry.

Anyone have a solution? They have a low spot in the middle of their yard and need fill dirt to fill it in so it'll drain instead of pooling in the yard.

Of course, calling my skid steer a peice of **** means I probaly won't be back.
 

cutbetterthanyou

LawnSite Bronze Member
I would take my skid home, and cut my losses. I simply refuse to deal with people like that.If if i wanted to go to work just to be talked down to, i would get a crappy 8-5 with a jerk boss. But to answer your question , maybe if its holding water cut a ditch to make to water drain out, or just wait for it to dry. If it needs dirt added try to get sandy fill, instead of fill with a bunch of clay in it.
 
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icex

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
WV
I would take my skid home, and cut my losses. I simply refuse to deal with people like that.If if i wanted to go to work just to be talked down to, i would get a crappy 8-5 with a jerk boss. But to answer your question , maybe if its holding water cut a ditch to make to water drain out, or just wait for it to dry. If it needs dirt added try to get sandy fill, instead of fill with a bunch of clay in it.
I quoted them $400 to do it and got $200 to fiddle with it because they did say it was dry and it was a hour drive over there. The skid steer is home, I don't know if I'll deal with them again or not. Not my fault it was a mudhole and they told me it was dry.
 

tailboardtech

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Butler, Md.
A old timer always told me "you can't make mud look like a baseball field" if you want to do it I would get a mini or a fullsize excavator and strap an I beam to the bucket start in the back and work your way out. Or the way it sounds to me as they say in the holy grail RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!!
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icex

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
WV
A old timer always told me "you can't make mud look like a baseball field" if you want to do it I would get a mini or a fullsize excavator and strap an I beam to the bucket start in the back and work your way out. Or the way it sounds to me as they say in the holy grail RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!!
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Lol, I thought about doing the ibeam method, but its like digging a pond out after just draining it. Damn mess..
 

Dirtman2007

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Raleigh, NC
"you can't make mud look like a baseball field"
but you can damn sure smear it around! haha. tell them to call you when the truck gets stuck bringing the trailer in
 

ksss

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rigby, Idaho
A old timer always told me "you can't make mud look like a baseball field" if you want to do it I would get a mini or a fullsize excavator and strap an I beam to the bucket start in the back and work your way out. Or the way it sounds to me as they say in the holy grail RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!!
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I got another one. "You cant turn chicken sh$t into chicken salad".
 

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