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Old 06-18-2016, 11:21 AM   #31
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No go on the home insurance. I checked, and as usual none of this would be covered.

Operation dig has begun - my hired help flaked out so it's all on me. Luckily this is cathartic work - one shovelfull at a time, I'll get there eventually:

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I have a question for anyone that might know. As I'm hacking through hard clay I'm wondering if there's anything else near the sewer that I might harm. Namely, my water supply. Here's a picture of the cleanout and water supply in the basement, can I be reasonably sure the pipe and the supply line are about as far apart from each other as they are here, or would they have been laid in the same ditch together? Any special precautions I should take? Should I maybe call 811 (call before you dig)?

Thanks for the support. Taking a couple hours to eat and cool down and then I'll continue attacking.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:33 AM   #32
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If the waterline is in the same ditch it should be 1 foot above the sewer. So be careful once your within a foot of that. If your digging 5 foot down it really is not a hand dig job. See if you can hire an excavator.
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Was quoted $400 to excavate. And wouldn't they need to stop with the machinery at the water line if it's in the same ditch? Happy to do it by hand as long as I don't wreck something. Reassessed the depth, probably just over 4' at the wall. Close to 5' by the cleanout.
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I'm at 2.5ft now. four hours and I'll be there.
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Well, how did it go? How long did you dig before you hired the excavator?
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Well, how did it go? How long did you dig before you hired the excavator?
Hah - you guys are funny. It took approximately 5 hours total to get to this:

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I put in a few buckets to crusher and tamped down until it felt like a concrete floor - this will never happen again in my lifetime. Called in a plumber, took under and hour to fix everything up nice and tight.

All said & done for under $300. Not horrible.

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That's fantastic. Thanks for the update.
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Well done! You're a tougher man than I am. I would have headed straight to the rental yard.
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