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Old 08-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #16
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I live in MA also, and encountered various rocks at depths between 2 and 4 feet when I built my deck. My building inspector was very accommodating, and allowed me to put in a 3 foot sonotube on rock in several holes, no problem, just so he had the opportunity to examine the hole first.

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There is another post, (no pun intended), with an identical problem. Maybe you should try and cross reference.
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That was weird I had your post in two places at once. I wonder if the second page caused it to show twice
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Years back I was rototilling for a new garden in the backyard and found the tines were hitting on the top of a good sized granite rock. The top of it was down about a foot in the ground. After a lot of digging it ended up being about a 2' roughly rounded rock. I made a tripod frame out of 4 x 4's and used a chain hoist to bring it up to ground level and utilized it as landscaping in front of my house.
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one of the issues is getting a hammer drill into a 4' deep hole, may need more digging to get it to fit down there
Yes.... if your ground digs that clean... I guess I've never had trouble with a Bosh Bulldog and 12" bit.... it's probaly smaller than a post hole digger...your shirt gets a little dirty

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12x12x8 was expressed in your post in inches or feet by the way? Thread headline suggested a boulder and your post suggested you hit a rock and find you have decide whether to leave or dig out a rock. I get confused at times.

When you said boulder, I was thinking all dimensions mentioned were in feet but wanted to make sure?

It sounds to me like the last concrete collar someone left for a deck if it is all in inches. If you meant 12'x12'x8" I bet it is not a boulder but an old patio pour. Break it up and get rid of it.

Real men are made from a a jackhammer rental once in their life. If it is a real boulder? Not an old footing? Not a slab? You need a guy from Wyoming and their methods of clearing land. And some hard hats. And then some guys in striped suits chained together with picks, wheelbarrows, and chain gang songs to sing.
SD... Sounds to me you speak from experience

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