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zyx 01-21-2013 05:31 PM

trenching underwater?
I am digging a 2' trench for power and water. There's 20' or 30' section that is below the water table . . . in fact, the water table is pretty much at the soil surface level. I've been working on it with a trenching shovel, but its getting pretty much impossible to make any progress in the muck. Any ideas? Thanks!

joecaption 01-21-2013 05:41 PM

Dig a pit off to the side deeper then the trench and use a mud pump to pump the water away from the area.

redman88 01-21-2013 05:47 PM

tempory walls to hold back the sides while you dig, then remove after you are done laying the lines.

edit: mud pump, while you work....

just my 2cents

Bondo 01-21-2013 06:55 PM

Ayuh,.... Underwater, with the mud pump, ya may not even need the shovel....

gregzoll 01-21-2013 07:19 PM

Water level at the top of the soil, what are you doing, trenching in a pond or wetland?

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