Trenching frozen ground?


Old 12-10-06, 10:33 AM
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Question Trenching frozen ground?

I recently had a detached garage built and now i need to run electrical service to it. Because of the power that i need, i am told that i need to run a conduint pipe from the house to the garage. The problem is that now the ground is frozen. Is it still possible to trench it or will i have to wait until spring? By the way, i'm told that the trench only needs to be 2 feet deep.
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Old 12-10-06, 11:26 AM
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it all depends on how hard you want to work and how determined you are.

I have had to trench in ground that was frozen for several months. Not fun and a lot of work but can be done if neccessary.

If you can wait until spring, it would be much easier.
Old 12-10-06, 03:34 PM
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Two feet deep but how long?
If it's only a few feet you could hack your way through with a pick and bar or if longer you would need a backhoe with a narrow bucket or a ripper tooth.

If you have any snow cover or it hasn't been that cold the frost may not be that far down.
Have at it with a pick or even a wrecking bar to test the depth.

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