*****water on the jobsite*****


LawnSite Senior Member
San Diego, Ca
Alright another question for you guys. Im getting ready to start job were we are moving all the dirt off of a previsously uncertifed pad then putting all the dirt back and recompacting. My question is i know water is a key ingredient for proper compaction. There is a graden hose near the site but I dont think it is enough. I have a 525g polytank laying around and im considering hooking up a gas honda water pump to it with a firehose and fog nozzle. Do you think this is over kill or will the garden hose suffice. Sorry for the dumb questions just want to make sure im prepared.

Gravel Rat

LawnSite Fanatic
British Columbia
A lawn sprinker will do what you need you don't want mud or too much water or you end up washing the fines out of the gravel/dirt.

Add too much water then your waiting for half a day to let it dry up.

If you wanted to go to the extreme put the tank on the back of a truck make a gravity spray bar out of a piece of 3/4 inch pvc pipe.

Use anything that isn't going to create puddles.


LawnSite Gold Member
it doesn't take much water to make it too soupy. Water is only for lubrication when compacting. You don't need too much. I watch our county guys use entirely too much water every time they build a road and they end up pumping the materials up and down and ruining their mix.

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