Two Problems - One Solution

LarryBud

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First, my new pole barn needed some grading work. It was built on an East - West Slope so I spent a number of evenings rearranging my yard to assure proper drainage. The end result was the need for quite a bit of dirt removed from the high side and some of it moved over to the low side to build a mowable slope. When all was done, I had pile of dirt remaining.


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My second problem was a seasonal creek I need to cross to gain access to the rear portion of my property. In the summer, it's no problem but anytime we have moisture, it's a big mud puddle. I bought a culvert of Craigslist 18 months ago but it's been sitting since then.

So today ( yesterday actually ) was the day. As a bonus, the culvert work site was in the shade. Not a small factor in the Missouri summer.

The site:

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I've read on the proper installation of a culvert. Gravel base, tamping machines, etc. This will only need to transport my UTV and my little L3130. The water flow is field run off from a few acres up hill I decided to give it a run with the material I have on hand.

Dug a little trough for the pipe. Water will fall into and out it. The length is only 10' 8". I think I have a 6" drop which is in line with what I looked up on some install site. I did just eyeball it.

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Then the tedious work of shuttling buckets of dirt. I had about 200 yards between the dirt pile and the project.

I'm guessing it will need some maintenance and I know I need more rocks at both ends. I will need to pick some up off the farm as thankfully, they are hard to fine at my place.

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GreensvilleJay

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NICE !!!! sure glad you had some shade !!
It'll probably last several decades. When you get the rocks, for sure line BOTH sides with them,not just the 'upstream' side. Sadly I've got 2 tandem loads of perfect rocks for you here but dang diesel is pricey !!!
 

LarryBud

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NICE !!!! sure glad you had some shade !!
It'll probably last several decades. When you get the rocks, for sure line BOTH sides with them,not just the 'upstream' side. Sadly I've got 2 tandem loads of perfect rocks for you here but dang diesel is pricey !!!
All fuel is pricy for sure. Plenty of rock around these parts ( just ask someone trying to put in a basement ). I'll be sure to rock in both sides. Thanks!
 

D2Cat

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If you find some rock nearby, get enough to lace around the intake all the way to the top of the dirt above and the whole face of that end. That protects your dirt from a hard rush of runoff after a "toad strangler" rain.
 
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Vigo

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I feel you on the transporting dirt by the bucket load thing. Ive moved about 100yds from my septic install with the 48" buckets on my machines, also about 200yds distance. I love tractor time but THAT gets boring!

Sad part is, someone gave me a dump trailer with no title.. but i filled it up with scrap metal and then never recycled it, so i've never been able to use it when i had the inkling. I should really recycle that stuff. 😅

Judging by what that creek bed looks like I really doubt it'll wash away your 'uncompacted dirt with no stabilizing rocks' very fast at all. I suspect it'll be fine for years and years. The creek bed on my property looks like the grand canyon compared to that, but i haven't had a big enough downpour in this drought to test the culvert & crossing i built.
 

Mark_BX25D

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Dug a little trough for the pipe. Water will fall into and out it. The length is only 10' 8". I think I have a 6" drop which is in line with what I looked up on some install site. I did just eyeball it.

Looks good! Hope your eyeball is good enough. Any bit of sloped terrain can mess up your inner "level" pretty badly. I've seen water flowing "uphill" because of terrain. A decent transit can be had for a couple hundred bucks (worth it for a place your size), and a mason line level is just a few bucks.
 

LarryBud

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Cleveland, MO
Thanks for the feedback all. I have both ends " rocked " in and feel pretty good about the drop. We have a chance of rain this weekend and I'll look forward to watching the flow.
 

Lil Foot

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Looks good!
I enjoyed setting mine.

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OrangeKrush

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First, my new pole barn needed some grading work. It was built on an East - West Slope so I spent a number of evenings rearranging my yard to assure proper drainage. The end result was the need for quite a bit of dirt removed from the high side and some of it moved over to the low side to build a mowable slope. When all was done, I had pile of dirt remaining.


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My second problem was a seasonal creek I need to cross to gain access to the rear portion of my property. In the summer, it's no problem but anytime we have moisture, it's a big mud puddle. I bought a culvert of Craigslist 18 months ago but it's been sitting since then.

So today ( yesterday actually ) was the day. As a bonus, the culvert work site was in the shade. Not a small factor in the Missouri summer.

The site:

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I've read on the proper installation of a culvert. Gravel base, tamping machines, etc. This will only need to transport my UTV and my little L3130. The water flow is field run off from a few acres up hill I decided to give it a run with the material I have on hand.

Dug a little trough for the pipe. Water will fall into and out it. The length is only 10' 8". I think I have a 6" drop which is in line with what I looked up on some install site. I did just eyeball it.

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Then the tedious work of shuttling buckets of dirt. I had about 200 yards between the dirt pile and the project.

I'm guessing it will need some maintenance and I know I need more rocks at both ends. I will need to pick some up off the farm as thankfully, they are hard to fine at my place.

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Looks good to me.. once you get a chance to watch it taking on water you can make adjustments and add to it if needed.👍 good job!
 
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radas

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Looks great, will be nice to drive through that new dry path. One suggestion (mainly asthetics), but throw two of those flanged culvert ends on each side. May alleviate potential washout of the soil/stones on each end.
 
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