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    Default Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Anybody done it ?

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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Sure you could.

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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    you can move a lot of dirt with an L3400 and a FEL and boxblade.. IF it is dirt we are talking about, Flintrock or limestone rock shelf is another matter. But if you are just scooping up or dragging dirt, yeah good to go.

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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    I did the base pad for my tractor barn with my JD 2520. Dug out the top soil then hauled sandstone from an old pit on the property in the FEL - about 1000' away. Took about 2 days to do the digging, hauling & leveling - I did a cement pad so covered the sandstone (~10" thick) with crushed rock then set the forms on top of that.

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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Well it would be a lot faster than a shovel and wheelbarrow.

    Remember time is money. So if you have a lot of time you have a lot of $$. I'm retired, if I spend 4 hours doing something I could have paid someone $100 to do in an hour, I don't mind, I figure I just paid myself an extra $25/ hour with no taxes.
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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    I, personally, agree with the others. You should be able to. I am not aware of your proficiency level in regards to operating a BB, but it might help you by researching Box Blades here on TBN.
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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Can it be done? Yep.
    Would I do it myself? Yep. (but I know what I'm doing)
    Is that your best option? Don't know without more info.

    There are LOTS of variables here.

    How many cubic yards of dirt will it take? Size of the pad (not just the slab, add at least a few feet on each side - more for slopes) multiplied by the average rise desired, divided by 27. (cubic feet in one yard) Example: The slab will measure 40'x50', so you want the pad to be 60'x70'. You decide that the pad needs to be 6" above natural ground at the highest corner. Shooting the grade, you determine that the fall from the highest point to the lowest point is 18". That would give you an average rise, for the entire pad, of 1' So, 60 x 70 x 1 = 4200 cubic feet. Divided by 27, that's 156 cubic yards. Add about 10% for shrinkage, and you're looking at 166. I'll be generous and say that you can carry 1/4 yard per bucket load. That's about 664 trips. How far away is your source for the dirt?
    Also, don't forget to add enough fill dirt to replace the topsoil/grass that you remove before starting the pad.

    Can you get sufficient compaction with the dirt available? If not, the money you saved by doing the pad yourself, won't be anything compared to the cost of repairing a cracked slab. Note: never add more than a 6" lift at a time. Even with heavy equipment, like a sheep's foot roller, you can't pack more than 6" at a time. With a small tractor, you would probably need to add no more than 2-3" at a time.

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about (above), hire a professional. Think about it: What are you going to spend on the house? $100K? Maybe $200K or more? And, you're wanting to save a few hundred bucks on the foundation? I'm not picking on you. Just trying to give a thoughtful, honest answer to your question. If you really know what you're doing, then ignore this reply and mark it off as the rant of an old lunatic. I wish you the best, and I try to encourage people to do things for themselves. But, a house foundation is one place that you really need to know your stuff, or it could cause serious problems.
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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    Can it be done? Yep.
    Would I do it myself? Yep. (but I know what I'm doing)
    Is that your best option? Don't know without more info.

    There are LOTS of variables here.

    How many cubic yards of dirt will it take? Size of the pad (not just the slab, add at least a few feet on each side - more for slopes) multiplied by the average rise desired, divided by 27. (cubic feet in one yard) Example: The slab will measure 40'x50', so you want the pad to be 60'x70'. You decide that the pad needs to be 6" above natural ground at the highest corner. Shooting the grade, you determine that the fall from the highest point to the lowest point is 18". That would give you an average rise, for the entire pad, of 1' So, 60 x 70 x 1 = 4200 cubic feet. Divided by 27, that's 156 cubic yards. Add about 10% for shrinkage, and you're looking at 166. I'll be generous and say that you can carry 1/4 yard per bucket load. That's about 664 trips. How far away is your source for the dirt?
    Also, don't forget to add enough fill dirt to replace the topsoil/grass that you remove before starting the pad.

    Can you get sufficient compaction with the dirt available? If not, the money you saved by doing the pad yourself, won't be anything compared to the cost of repairing a cracked slab. Note: never add more than a 6" lift at a time. Even with heavy equipment, like a sheep's foot roller, you can't pack more than 6" at a time. With a small tractor, you would probably need to add no more than 2-3" at a time.

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about (above), hire a professional. Think about it: What are you going to spend on the house? $100K? Maybe $200K or more? And, you're wanting to save a few hundred bucks on the foundation? I'm not picking on you. Just trying to give a thoughtful, honest answer to your question. If you really know what you're doing, then ignore this reply and mark it off as the rant of an old lunatic. I wish you the best, and I try to encourage people to do things for themselves. But, a house foundation is one place that you really need to know your stuff, or it could cause serious problems.
    You are very wise...excellent advice.
    Last edited by sdkubota; 08-22-2012 at 08:38 AM.

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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Quote Originally Posted by sdkubota View Post
    You are very wise...excellent advise.
    Ditto.

    Sure it can be done. Is it your best option???? We need more info? Are you building the pad UP? Or are you digging it down to get it level and rid the topsoil?? If digging down, you dont need to worry so much about compaction.
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    Default Re: Could I build a house dirt pad with a L3400 with FEL and box blade

    Hardest thing is getting it compacted tight. Do it in 6-8" lifts (layers of dirt). Press them down with the bucket. Drive over them N-S then E-W. If you can rent a plate compactor, use that. Then give it time for gravity, water and time to bring it all down.

    If you have a laser level it's doable. WIthout one, it's a ton harder.

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    My neighbor has a David White unit like the one linked. With it and constant checking, it wasn't too hard to get the whole area within an inch.

    I also tied string along the edges for a visual reference. When it was close, I did crossing string to get the N-S and E-W visualized and close. That way there was less time jumping off and using the laser.

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