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Old 05-30-2015, 12:58 PM
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:42 AM
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I've about had my fill of exercise from chasing that dump trk around this spring... using a small deck to haul the last of the dirt in front of my house to back of shop some 60yds away.







Put some new teeth on dig bucket, old ones were getting short & dull.



Cleaning up the last of the dirt in front house right down to the gravel, might be another cube. The new teeth working good as this clay has been packed & dried hard in the summer sun.

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Old 07-02-2015, 02:31 PM
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:21 AM
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Awesome videos as always Joe.

It's off topic, but may I ask how is the exchange rate effecting imports for your biz and hobby needs, and exports of crop yields? (if you do export them)
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:14 PM
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The euro rate was about $1.39cdn I noticed in May or so, which is pretty good since summer of 2013... the $cdn has been dropping a few cents lately against the euro & the usd too. Farm equipment & parts have gone up dramatically in the last yr with the $0.20 spread on the usd! Hobby wise, depending on what it is I'm after will determine if I wait to make a purchase.

Grain prices have risen sharply in the last month, inpart b/c of the widespread drought throughout much of the cdn prairies & probably the lower $cdn has some influence on that too, as a great percentage of western cdn grown grains are exported.

I'm not in a drought area myself, but unfortunately for me this yr I have been blasted with hail 4x in the last month with pea size to golf ball size. Close to half my crop wiped out. The last couple yrs I've been drowning with 18" summer rainfalls, loosing acres to flooding. 2012 was the last lottery yr for me with huge crops & high prices... maybe next yr.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:20 PM
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This past week I loaded the deck trl a couple more times to get the last dirt cleaned up in front of house... round about 10cy was there by the end of April & started moving it right after spring planting May 22nd.



The last couple of cubes at the back of shop (north end), still needs more dirt to elevate the grade, probably won't happen this yr.



Anyways... moving back inside, out of the elements & the bugs!!! YAY!!!





Here's the official start of the Lil Big Dig tunnel project.





For now, the dug dirt will be dumped & levelled into the north end of lean-to to level the grade, as it drops a little over a foot at the north end... short haul!



If I recall my calculations from last yr correctly, this other back room needs just over 20cy to bring it up to level with the cement of the middle room. Pretty much all the dirt from the tunnel will fill these two rooms, won't be much to haul out, if any.

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Old 08-14-2015, 12:38 PM
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Just how many running pieces of equipment do you have Joe? whats the machine that compacts the dirt? does the wheels vibrate?
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:55 PM
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Just six, with four of them in this room. That's the B4206 that's been used in the past to pull Btrain bellydumps & pan scraper. Those packer wheels are solid steel & each one about 10lbs, gvw 65lbs, it don't need to vibrate.

I did a lil combining yesterday, 20ac haha, got another 10ac to do next week when it ripens, but other than that I have an unusual amount of free time this time of yr, which I have been soaking up with this tunnel dig. Just about done the 1st cut, go back to that 3rd post, then cut the entry ramp and start on the next 14" cut.





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It's always great to see your equipment at work. I'm curious about the ground itself, will it freeze once winter comes howling in?
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Hi Joe that is quite a project you have started there a tunnel from cellar to garage is it going to be big enough for you to go through or just the models?
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:31 PM
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BigSki, I wouldn't think so... the lean-to will be heated & the tunnel has a cement pad above it that I had poured a year ago. The length of the tunnel will be about 11FT, probably be quite cool though.

Ed, tunnel width is 5ft, so yes to a dirt ramp @10 - 12 degree grade & a narrow walkway with stairs for me to travel too.

I'm just about done the 1st 14" cut as far back as I want to go for now, cut an entry ramp to get down to lower level to make another 16" cut. And then go across the length to the basement on that 2nd level, digging the face of the wall till I reach the house basement. Then I'll dig down to the 7ft entrance level that I want at the basement opening and work my way back from there maintaining the 10 - 12 degree incline on one side.... hard to explain


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Here's a vid to show the start at digging the face of the tunnel.


I still have quite a few loads behind me yet to cut it in the steps & get the floor level before moving forward.
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Do the local building inspectors ever stop by?
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