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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in earthworks.

In this video,  from time 2:21 to 5:21, an excavator is used multiple times to scoop up soil for the creation of a swale.
You will be learning how to use an excavator in this BB by scooping up soil three times with an excavator.



To get certified for this BB, post four pics.   Or a 2 minute video.

  - Your untouched soil and you in the excavator
  - Action pic of you dumping scoop #1
  - Action pic of you dumping scoop #2
  - Action pic of you dumping scoop #3
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Can a skidsteer be subsituted?
 
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wayne fajkus wrote:Can a skidsteer be subsituted?



Not in PEP.  

Once we have PEP set up and running, I encourage you to set up PEJ or PEW complete with variations.

 
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For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?

It is the same mechanism and technique for the digging, just differing in how it moves around.

For instance, someone might choose to rent a loader/backhoe for their project (or own or borrow one) and knock off the 15 mins. of loader BB and the 3 scoops excavator BB using one machine.
 
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Kenneth Elwell wrote:For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?



Yes!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Kenneth Elwell wrote:For others playing along with the "PEP home game"... would a backhoe be an adequate substitute?



Yes!



That is great because I have a type of backhoe, but with it, I seldom need to rent or hire a backhoe. I think a lot of people are like that, so thank you for being flexible on this!


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A sheep barn freshly built but without a waterline!
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Starting the dig at the barn and working backwards towards the house
Starting the dig at the barn and working backwards towards the house
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Me actively digging
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Obvious proof that I have dug more than three bucketfuls
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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Scoopin at the ATC
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Raw ground
Raw ground
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ACTION!
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Aftermath
Aftermath
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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Here's the ground at the ATC, (untouched next to previous scoopers holes)

Next, me on the excavator,

Next, piles of dirt.


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piles of dirt!
piles of dirt!
Staff note (Greg Martin):

I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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The last picture looked like two piles, although it was three scoops, so here's the really big hole the scoops made, if it helps :)



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three scoops taken
three scoops taken
 
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I did the best I could in taking a picture of myself operating it. I have a video of another occasion of doing this up on facebook if that helps to verify the completion of this BB.
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Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I certify this BB complete!

 
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