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Easiest/Cheapest method of digging 165ft long, 2ft deep trench

Easiest/Cheapest method of digging 165ft long, 2ft deep trench

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Old 05-22-12, 06:09 AM
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Easiest/Cheapest method of digging 165ft long, 2ft deep trench

I'm looking to run a 1.25-1.5in pipe from the house to the back of the property (sump pump discharge). The run is about 50M (164ft) from the house to the end of the yard and needs to be 2ft below grade (local frost level).

Due to all the reno/repairs, cash for renting tools needs to be as low as possible. The ground is glass covered clay as far as I can see.

Right now for digging tools, I have a gas powered tiller and shovels.
Any suggestions, on tools or methods to make this as easy as possible, but on the cheap?

I am physically fit, but that is a lot of digging.
At worst, I am thinking of running the tiller along the trench path then manually dig it down to the dept I need.
 
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Old 05-22-12, 06:20 AM
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Without renting something or hiring this done, the idea you threw out in your last sentence is how I would proceed.
 
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Old 05-22-12, 08:35 AM
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If you really need to go 2' deep, I would rent a Ditch Witch and be done with it in a couple of hours.

However, why does a sump discharge need to be that deep? Even septic tank discharge lines are not installed below frost. The line will be dry except when the sump is pumping. My sump discharge is just below the surface.
 
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Old 05-22-12, 10:37 AM
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Wayne Mitchell,

A co-worker suggested renting the same equipment and I'm pretty sure, the cost of renting it would be worth it.
I had not thought about it prior to his mentioning it. Renting a small excavator or similar was more what I was trying to avoid.

As for the depth... I wanted it down as low as I could feasably do it, to prevent freezing and or the issues that would come from that. Our winters are pretty random these days, but we do get aleast one week of -30'C weather. If it happen to be a low or minimal snow year with that -30'C weather hits, it will freeze.

The current setup has the sump pump flex hose exiting the house a foot above grade and exiting ~20ft from the house. It was a total nightmere to keep from freezing. Split the hose inside the concrete foundation the one time it froze. Unfortunately we had moved into the house this December, so although it was on my to fix list, it wasn't easibly fixed until now when the weather is warm.
 
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Renting a Ditch Witch was also my first thought but your question made me think that was out of the budget.
 
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Old 05-22-12, 11:16 AM
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For that distance...You could probably easily do a 1/2 day rental (if there is a rental place nearby). Can't imagine that would be more than $150 USD or so? If you need it delivered and picked up would probably run $100 or so more.

If you do rent...make sure they explain everything completely. Optimal engine speed, correct operation, what to do if there's a problem, etc.

When I rented a stand on loader they didn't tell me that I should run it at a certain throttle setting and it kept overheating and stalling. Luckily it was a small company and the tech they sent fixed me up and the company made an adjustment on the cost.
 
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