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3 Considerations to Take When Undergoing DIY Excavation

by Kaylee Craig

If you decide to commit yourself to a DIY excavation job, you will find the process not only rewarding, but you will also find that it will save you an ample chunk of change. However, it's important to not go into any DIY excavation job blind. In other words, you should always know what you're doing and have a plan for how you want to go about committing yourself to the job and what sort of work will go into the job itself. There are a few considerations that you'll definitely want to take when it comes to any DIY excavation job.

Call 811

Before you can start planning your dig, you need to call 811 to have the proper authorities come to your yard and mark where public utilities lie. After you call 811, your state will send out the proper authorities for each utility to mark where they exist in your yard. After your yard has been marked, you can start planning your dig. Keep in mind that you should avoid digging anywhere between 18-24 inches, depending on the laws that exist in your state, near the public utility marks.


The first step when it comes to any DIY excavation job is judging the depth of the trench that you're going to dig. It is imperative that you know how far deep you're going to have to dig before you even disrupt the first inch of soil. Chances are, if you're digging on your own property, you're likely installing a pool, patio, or other form of load bearing foundation; if this is the case, you will have to be visited by the District Surveyor.

The District Surveyor will be able to adequately determine if the trench you're digging is going to be sufficient for maintaining the integrity of the pool, patio, or other type of load bearing foundation that you're going to install. There are numerous things that the District Surveyor will take into consideration when it comes to if he or she believes that the trench that you're digging is adequate for the monument you wish to erect.

For example, he or she will note any trees within the line of the potential trench and will also judge the volume change that will occur in the soil that is disrupted. Also, if there are any nearby trees in the area, this can change the outcome. Trees have a tendency to draw in a considerable amount of moisture from the soil, which can severely change the volume change in the soil after it is disrupted. These are all things that a District Surveyor will take into consideration.

Rent the Right Heavy Duty Equipment

It is always important to note that you are using the right equipment for the job. When it comes to excavation, this means that you will have to rent out some heavy duty equipment (even if this equipment happens to be on the lighter side of what one would consider heavy duty). You also have to remember that different equipment is required for each particular excavation job.

While you might think there is a single standard for excavation jobs, this is simply not the case. For example, if you are going to do any excavation job that requires work on renovating or installing a basement, you will not only have to rent the standard excavation equipment of a backhoe and a CAT, but you will also have to take into consideration that there are certain site specific pieces of equipment that you will have to use throughout the entirety of this job, such as the use of a skid-steer loader.

It is recommended that you consult your local equipment rental storefront to learn more about the matter and how far back such prices will set you.

When it comes to committing yourself to an excavation job, remember there are certain things to take into consideration. Hopefully, this brief article has given you a bit of insight into things you should do before you begin the project. For more information or assistance, contact companies like T C Enterprises LLC.


About Me

About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.