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Where do you dump your aggregate??

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Say you're building a nice patio that will require at least a tandem load of gravel, and the property you're workin at is a home on 1/4 acre in a planned unit development.

    Do you have the tandem axle dump truck dump the gravel:
    a) in the driveway
    b) back over the curb and dump on the lawn
    c) dump in the street
    d) other (please explain)
  2. JJG84

    JJG84 LawnSite Member
    from OH-IO
    Messages: 97

    Depends on whether or not you are using a bobcat.

    If you are using a bobcat, you dont want to put it on the driveway because the cat will leave behind some marks - you dont want that.

    If you are doing some traditional slave labor shovel/wheel barreling then I dont see any problem with dumping the aggregate on the driveway as close to the patio site as possible.

    shoveling off the driveway is easier then shoveling off the grass.

    do it whichever way is easiest
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Well, allow me to back up.

    I'm not axin for advice :)

    I'm jus curious where other pros dump their load.

    Lets say a skiddy bopper is bein used. no wheel-burryin.

  4. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Here in Madison, WI we get fined $300 if any material is placed in the street. Sometimes it's dumped on driveway sometimes on a tarp on the lawn.
  5. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    If it can't be dumped in the street we figure in a driveway sealing.
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    On my walls i try to get truck pretty close to site as possible. I always figure re top soiling and seeding damaged areas. This can be a real pita at times to place materials. If wall is along driveway we dump in driveway. New construction is the best situation though, you really cant damage much and we usually get the landscaping.
  7. waltero

    waltero LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    I have a single axle dump (33,000GVW) and if I can keep all of my materials in there for the job then I don't have to clean up at all. I just did a small wall and I was able to do just this. I had the modified in the truck the first day when I was laying the base and first course and on the second day of the job I showed up with clean stone bor the back fill. Not once did any material except for the pallets hit the ground and it saved me from having to clean-up and repair.

    How I do it is - I will just tilt the the dump body as much as I can and then I take scoops out of it with the front end loader. If I get down to the bottem I can just shovel the rest out or use the coal shute, but it beats having to cleanup areas in the yard. It is a big time saver and cuts down on any damage to the driveways and yards. If I have a larger job and I need to get a tri-axle to deliver then I will just do what I can, be it the driveway or the yard.
  8. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Mostly the street, with a tarp for overspill. Driveways have been used under certain circumstances, (HO on vacation, can't dump in street, etc). Avoid the lawn as much as possible.
  9. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Well theres no way I'm barrowing a freaking tandem or better, so that would mean a machine in my case. There will already be significant lawn damage, so we will plank the curb and sidewalk and dump on the lawn. Reason being is that, we don't have to worry about getting everything out of the street in a rush, the homeowner still has full use of the driveway, and we still have access to the backyard without using all the material. Majority of the time we are doing a larger install, we sod the property as well so it makes no difference. :)
  10. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    we almost always dump in the street. we try to always get it off the street by the end of the day. only once did we run into a town that would not let you leave materials in the street. then we just move it off before the end of the day.

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