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Re: Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh.

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JF in CT

12-11-2012 05:03:23
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Doing the contracting myself is exactly why I bought my 4500 years ago. I tripled the size of my barn with it. I also have ledge at eratic depths all over. Ledge is the best thing you can have (IMHO) if you are not building a basement (lots less concrete). You don't need full size footings. Just something to get the forms somewhat level. Easier again if you go with block. BTW, the book shows my 4500TLB at about 6.5 tons. I also back it in with the hoe on (taking it on and off is a nusiance). Just takes a little careful control manipulation. I have a 4" thick floor pinned to the side walls. Add more re-rod if you are uncomfortable.

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PeteTherookie

12-11-2012 06:53:38
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 Re: Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh. in reply to JF in CT, 12-11-2012 05:03:23  
Jeff,
yes, with hoe on 6.5 ton.
My garage is not going to be big enough to bring it in with hoe on. I do not have enough property or $$$ to build a nice big barn. Other issue I have at my site is no good level location to start with. My garage site is going to "hang off" the side of a raised ledge area. So while front frost wall will be shallow, pinned to ledge the entire back wall (36ft) will be above current ground level and have to be 4-5 ft tall and back filled. The 2 26ft side walls same in back, sloping up to high ground on front.
If I had to do it all over again, would pass on this property altogether. Not big enough, no level areas at all, and worst of all neighbors stink. But I am stuck here unless I win lotto.
Pete

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PJH

12-11-2012 06:34:52
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 Re: Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh. in reply to JF in CT, 12-11-2012 05:03:23  
That is one sharp looking hoe!!!



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PeteTherookie

12-11-2012 10:05:27
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 Re: Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh. in reply to PJH, 12-11-2012 06:34:52  
Have to agree that is one Beautiful Hoe!
My 4500 looks like a old gladiator that has seen
one too many battles. Scarred, bleeding. LOL

But I love Hercules!

Pete



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JF in CT

12-11-2012 15:37:44
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 Re: Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh. in reply to PeteTherookie, 12-11-2012 10:05:27  
You folks are way too kind. That photo was taken 5 years ago after I finished the restoration on it which I did once I got the barn (extension) done. It has been doing some serious logging on the property since and doesn't quite look as nice anymore. It runs like a monster, however, and I can't imagine being without it.

Jim



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