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Old 04-30-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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How to dig a post hole >4' deep?


We want to run a temporary electrical drop onto some vacant land, which is no problem with the PoCo. They want a 20' long 6x6 post buried 5' below ground though. With post-hole-diggers I can get near 4' but what do I do to get deeper? We only need one pole so I'd rather not go rent equipment for one stupid hole but can't think of another way.

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Cut a foot off the the pole and tell them it's in the ground 5'.

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I don't see this as a code issue since it's a temp. Is the Power company actually going to inspect the hole before you fill it?
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Well, if you don't have a good pair of double hinged post hole diggers like this, http://theholedeal.com/ , dig a hole with a shovel about 30 to 36" deep, and stand in this hole to dig the remaining hole with post hole diggers. They are 60 bucks and $12 shipping.
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You could also use your post hole diggers to break the dirt up, then suck it out with a shop vac.
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Once you near 3' depth dig the sides out at an angle at the top of the hole
That will allow you to dig deeper then 4'
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Cut a foot off the the pole and tell them it's in the ground 5'.
thats what mexicans are for
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Cut a foot off the the pole and tell them it's in the ground 5'.

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the correct answer is jerry's,,, the power co won't look down inside the pole's hole
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Thank you. I've learned to be very creative over time.
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thats what mexicans are for
Not nice.

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