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Any cyclists into digging trenches? Last time I dug one, I'd said I'd never do it again.
Need to dig 9mtr trench for an electrical cable. Options seem to be;
1. Hire a digger for $265. Problem, it needs a trailer to transport and I aint got one and I don't have a towbar, so the costs go up.
2. Buy a good trench shovel and do it by hand.
3. Pay someone else to do it.
I use to dig trenches day in & day out whilst I was a labourer, working towards my building degree.
It's easier to use a pick-hoe first to loosen up the ground, then followed by a shovel. A good quality spade shovel is the key. Try using your feet and weight to push the shovel into the ground (almost like standing on it). You'll get it done in no time. I should have a spare shovel lying around if you need to borrow one (I'll check the shed).
Electrical cables need to be at least 300mm deep, so it shouldn't be that much effort. Most of my sparkys and telecommunications subbies all do their tranches by hand (most of the time).
The going rate for "day labour" is about $250+GST or a lot lower for cash. Ask any building cadet. I've got heaps of references if you ned some.
Yeh 600mm deep for electrical.
Leaning towards digging it by hand. Too much trouble getting the digger.
I'm not expecting to hit any rock, as I haven't hit it when doing plumbing and if I do, I'll smash it with the digging bar. No paved areas, all grass.
Last time I dug one, I dug it at normal spade width and stood in the trench, broke up the soil with the digging bar. I've since been given an old trenching shovel.
Whether you use a crow bar or a trench digger, the important thing is to break small pieces off the side of the hole rather than try to bite too much off in one hit. Keep the trench clean as you go, work with a steady rhythym and you'll be amazed at how quickly you get it done - bit like riding up a long slope.
Of course, paying someone to do it doesn't hurt anywhere near as much
I studied at uni for four years to spend most of my professional life digging holes
I thought you were putting in some telecommunication cables as live electrical cables should be left to licenced electricians. (that hopefully love riding bikes too...relevance to this forum). Not a DIY job
There are no real standard depth for telecommunication cables, but we keep it at 300mm as a minimum. Power cable is definately 600mm minimum. If you are going that deep though, remember to "dial before you dig 1100". Be carefule of accidentally hitting water, stormwater, gas and other electrical lines, especially in older areas of Sydney. I've come across water pipes that were only +-50mm below ground level
ah-ha it all makes sense now...it's true you don't need a licence to dig a trench, but not that many sparkys will let you dig it for them either (OH&S and liability issues...so I've been informed)
Let us know what you end up doing. It would have been good if some sort of contraption was made that allowed you to dig the trench with your bike...bike pulling plough
May I suggest that you sand and sharpen the shovel and keep it oiled as you work. It is also a good idea to sand the handle and oil it with Lindseed oil.
A sharp smooth well oiled trenching shovel will cut through the earth so much more easily and a smooth well oiled handle will slide through your gloves with much less effort.
That makes excellent sense even tho it does sound particularly kinky. to go a step further you could cover yourself in baby oil too.
It sounds fun to me, I'dd just go for it, and i could break in my new shovel too! LOL. Just think how much upper body strength and stamina you will get from doing it.
If I were you I'dd start it on Sunday 4th march instead
Idd have offered to do it, but the cycle ride over would be a bit of a killer
Last edited by pospete on Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Talk to the hand
Burn plenty of Glycogen
Should we start calling you Emperor Nasi Goreng, then?
Will you be putting in a wall to deter the rabbits?
Rabbits are a good source of protein and there small enough to put on the BBQ. I need plenty of energy now, cos I just rode through RNP on another epic ride and the trench is calling.
Burn plenty of Glycogen
Don't know how you do it? Where did you find the energy and glycogen store to do all these?
Bianchi, Ridley, Montague, GT, Garmin and All things Apple
Benifit of cross training I guess.
Dug 1.5 metres and then had to go shopping and I've just got back. If I can dig another 1.5 metres tonight I'll be happy. Very sore but happy.
Burn plenty of Glycogen
That's ok if they are farmed rabbits, which have more fat on them. However, wild rabbits will be too dry if you barbecue them - better to cook 'em up with plenty of garlic and red wine and serve with mashed tatties to soak up the resulting sauce (oh, and a green salad) ..... yummo!
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