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neighbor let us borrow the backhoe !

 
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Well starting at about 8:30 pm the neighbor said we could use the back hoe until noon today..even gave us diesel.

so Joel started digging like a mad man..

our pond is shallow in most areas and full of cattails..but there was a low field on the North (where contractors had removed the topsoil and water would stand if the area flooded..but otherwise it was field)

Well Joel hauled the backhoe over there last night and started diggin a new pond..that would attach when he broke through..to the old pond on the North.

he dug the sides nearly straight up and down and quite deep..around 4'..as we didn't have time to go deeper really.

well he got an area about 30 x 40 ' or so dug and broke through to the other pond and it filled up nicely..didn't do too bad on bringing down the water level of our pond that was there..as the water level was way high to begin with with our flooding weather we have been having.

so now we hav added that much more to the pond..and he has 3 more hours on the backhoe this morning..he is going to start around 9 am digging and i'm not sure what all he is going to do..i know the new part he dug will be enlarged..so the water will be murkey for a long time..as he has to dig away at the edges and then break through as he is digging..so digging wet stuff.

but that is how it had to be done with the shortish reach of the backhoe..even though it has the hydrolic extender on it it doesn't reach too far.

photos will follow later..right now i only have photos of the before.
 
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I am sooo jealous!!!
 
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well Joel buggered up his leg doing all the backhoe and tractor work (clutch) and has a knee brace on today..so a lot of my dirt..will set..until he can get on the tractor again..or i figure out how to use it...NOT !
 
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