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Old 12-11-2006, 02:45 PM   #1
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Excavating my home to save a buck


Howdy, I'm in the process of planning a new home in Kansas, near Kansas city, with my fiance. I'm considering purchasing a backhoe to excavate the basement, septic system (need to get licensed) and possibly a geo-thermal pipe system, and some trenches for water lines.

My question is, would I save a good amount of money if I were to do all this work myself with a backhoe I purchased, then turn around and sell the backhoe after its all done?
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Will if you buy a backhoe for cheap it not a good idea the backhoe can break down on you and you will end up spending more then you Plained and if you have no experian with the backhoe take a class.
But if you do it you self you will have fun!
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can one be rented?
and can't you, like, knock down your walls if you don't excavate properly ?

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Old 02-27-2007, 08:07 AM   #4
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I too am building my own house...and to be quite honest, you'd have to do a TON of dirt work to save much money. I know you can buy, then re-sell when done...BUT that doesn't include maintenance issues. Plus, a good operator will do the job efficiently and quickly.

If anything, I'd really look at the the rental/leasing option.

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If you have the experience, why not? If you can get a deal on a hoe....if you have checked values....if you are certain you can cover all the bases...and have the time...if not, an experienced hoe operator will be lots faster....it is a lot of fun, but it does take some time to develope the skill to actually do nice work, like holding grade in a trench. And I have seen guys do a lot of damage with a hoe also.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:41 PM   #6
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....it is a lot of fun...
ain't that the truth?
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