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Postby Choice » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:04 am

How can you tell if you are hitting anything? If the dirt is so hard that you have to resort to a drill then it might be difficult to know if you are drilling through a clay pipe or hard clay dirt. PVC even softer.
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Postby phrabbott » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:17 am

Even hard dirt will crumble easily with a drill. Dirt is only hard to a probe or something you’re trying to inject via blunt force. If you hit something you will know and you’d have to be extremely reckless to break through said thing. Honestly, because the probe requires force, I see that as more dangerous. Either way, if people really think they can break through 3/8 plexi with a spike, then I’d pay to see it. Old pipes are more likely to be damaged.
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Postby EvelynMDog » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:45 pm

Didn't mean to stir up all that shit-storm.
Good to know there are people out there "walking the walk" though.
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Postby renovator » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:27 pm

Good to know there are people out there "walking the walk" though.

Yes it is. But I don't think it's too much to ask that those that do, do it responsibly. BP was able to put these things in the ground with a minimum of fuss and disruption, and we should aspire to find and remove them in the same way. After all, "It is not the intention of the Fair People to destroy the beauty of nature or Man through their challenge.".
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Postby burnstyle » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:40 pm

Choice wrote:How can you tell if you are hitting anything? If the dirt is so hard that you have to resort to a drill then it might be difficult to know if you are drilling through a clay pipe or hard clay dirt. PVC even softer.


I take a 1.5 foot paddle bit on an extension. Icut off the screw portion of the paddle bit and filed down the tips so its just a blunt paddle. That allows the bit to stop on anything hard, and you can rock the bit back and forth to see if what you have hit is smooth and flat.


I can take a picture later if I didnt describe it well enough.
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Postby Kalessin » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:03 pm

The threaded rod and power drill idea sounds like just what I was looking for to aerate some hardpack soil in my lawn without rototilling the grass away. The discriminating tastes of our chipmunk colony require that they burrow only where the ground is nice and soft. ;D

Personally, I'd prefer not to probe because of potential damage. Shatter part of the plexiglas, and any ground pressure around it could collapse the thing. Is the plexi brittle after 35+ years in the ground? I'm not sure.

Also, I'm not sure that I'd be able to discriminate between a rock or a root, a buried something else, ora casque.
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Postby Choice » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:35 pm

Someone should MacGyver a portable water probe/drill. All you need is a portable drill, water pump, jet nuzzle and a water backpack.
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