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Old 12-22-2012, 09:16 PM   #16
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I think it would be a shame to fill that hole.

There is some guy around who was posting about putting a swimming pool or something in his basement. He had a lot of ideas, then he surfaced with some other questions about some other crazy deal.

Save that hole for someone like him.

Another thing you could do is go out on the interstate during a snowstorm and pick up people who have broken down and what not and throw them down in there and keep them there.


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Old 01-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #17
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Hi all,

Posting a few pictures of the cistern. Thanks again for the info and advice, much appreciated.

Happy 2013,

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #18
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that is cool ! i would keep it & put a joist floor over it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #19
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Stone is the way to go. There is a backfill slurry, called 1/2 or 1 sack specifically for trenches typically in roadways where they do not want to have it settle or have to do compaction, this stuff runs $65/yd and you still have to get it into the hole. keep the cement truck off of sidewalks, curbs, drives and away from basements... these trucks carry up to 50,000 lbs of concrete, not including the truck weight. they move slabs like you would not believe. They move inches, not just crack. I've seen them pushed slabs down 4" on "dry" ground.
For me, a load of ABC or some areas call it modified... dumped at the curb, a few wheel barrels and several friends or teenage boys and on with it. Poor it later with premix Home depot 5000lb rate. or pay the $500 minimum for a truck to bring out. Some time there are short load trucks in an area that specialize, they are still not cheap.


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