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But at least I got a great view that someone lets me disc the fire breaks and I get an old barn to keep my toys under cover. Its been a great day out on this 135 acre place. It’ll be housing very soon. 





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I hafta admit I'm a wee bit envious of you guys & gals out there where the ground tends to be a shade on the flatter side. I'm in a part of the country where HP rules and traction tires & snow chains are a must have. But ya make your choices and then ya gotta deal with the cards delt, even if they are all of the bottom of a crooked deck, ya got make what you got work the best you can. Yeah, I'm envious but then I think, Naaaah, where's the challenge in that...

 I have however, never in my life been able to understand why productive farmland is so readily bought up to build housing developments and malls on..... But then I remember it's the so called elite leaders, the movers & shakers of the country, that are the forces behind this nonsense. Lets see - increase the population - require more food be produced for said population - remove productive food production land from the equation - require more food production for an increased population on ever decreasing productive land - requiring more intensive application of fertilizers and chemicals of all types to increase said production - What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

 Some of the ground and "obstacles" I've needed to remove from future grain ground, such as it is...... If you can even call it that.. The rest is so steep even cows give you that look  - You want me to go where? Are you sh****ng me? But the road to my joint isn't all that bad, it's only got (one) 1/4 mile grade thats 12 % ... Bwaaahaaahaaaa






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It’s starting. Development. I was shocked at how deep that 21” pipe is being laid at. 22 feet deep. By the time it gets to those beautiful redwoods, it’ll be 35 feet deep. But, when it gets to those redwoods the digging will be vertical sides only. Not the V shaped digging they’re doing now. 








See that redwood tree right in line with the turd-pipe?

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I'm thinking they need 35 feet to satisfy the environmentalists on the redwood roots and achieve grade? Be interesting to see if it works? 

Looks like lift station at the junction 🙄

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It costs a lot to be deep. You have to start low and keep it flat as possible, yet with enough fall to keep the solids in suspension. If you come up too fast, the pipe will be out of the ground before you get to where you want to go. 

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It’s the lay of the land.  The pipe reach’s to a low area north. That development is either level with or even lower than the rise requiring a 35’ dig.

It was amazing to watch the choreograph of those four excavators.
Two CAT 390F diggers - one digs it’s load, backs up and dumps along the end of the dirt pile, the other unloads on the side of the pile.

The two CAT 349F diggers - one on top of the pile, the other moves the dirt to continue the length of the pile. 
All of it was a very smooth moving operation.

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....some years gone I built my own ''V'' bucket for the Hitachi  EX200 excavator......I notice the size of ''V"  bucket(s) for those big Cat excavators....Doubt that the twenty  tonner could lift them ...:)

Great to see those cut batters on that job...lot of work, but nobody  is going to succumb  to a ''cave in ''...as so often happens, on those tedious sub division  developments......

One wonders what happens as the last bit of flat land is covered in houses...????....Oh no...thats right, the drug companies will have us all stacked in our own little...but permanent , non battered   earthern cubicles.....:mellow:


(Great pictures, thanks  )

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5 hours ago, mike newman said:

Great to see those cut batters on that job...lot of work, but nobody  is going to succumb  to a ''cave in ''...as so often happens, on those tedious sub division  developments......

I don't think I want to be the poor bast@rd on the tamper down in there unless that dirt behaves different than around here.

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