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flipstah
08-18-2012, 08:21 PM
Hi there,

Our famjam is planning to have an outdoor car-space in our backyard and we're looking for a contractor that can flatten the ground and do some leveling.

What happened was when they built the garage in the back, they just left the excavated soil on the side without flattening so over time, it formed stupid hills.

Is there someone that can either Bobcat to flatten it or use a steamroller? Is it also doable for <$1k?

Not looking for concrete work unless I can afford it. Straight, flat earth is more than sufficient.

I don't know what the process is but I hope you get what I'm trying to accomplish.

Cheers!

FraserB
08-18-2012, 08:29 PM
Basically just looking for a flat spot that is compacted?

flipstah
08-18-2012, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by FraserB
Basically just looking for a flat spot that is compacted?

Yeah because the ground is uneven and hilly.

Can't drive my Outlander in without kissing my bumper, which can mentally show you how high it is lol.

Weapon_R
08-18-2012, 08:43 PM
Bobcat is $75/hr, dump truck to haul it and dump it is going to cost you about 2 hrs a load @ around $80/hr as well. Should be doable for under $1k

flipstah
08-18-2012, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Weapon_R
Bobcat is $75/hr, dump truck to haul it and dump it is going to cost you about 2 hrs a load @ around $80/hr as well. Should be doable for under $1k

Thanks for the pricing. How difficult is it to drive a Bobcat? And will someone pick up to dump the soil away for us?

I have no hands-on construction experience that is related to this task so I'm unsure if it's easier to just get someone to do it for me.

flipstah
08-18-2012, 09:01 PM
Sorry. The famjam also wants gravel on top of the flattened topsoil so I think a contractor is definitely needed.

I think this is cheaper than concrete... Could be wrong.

flipstah
04-19-2013, 04:34 PM
BUMP as we're still looking for one that can do the job properly.

Can provide photos to see how easy/difficult the job may be. :)

FraserB
04-19-2013, 07:24 PM
If you get your hands on a Bobcat, I'll drive.

Once I'm back in June.

roopi
04-19-2013, 07:34 PM
Never used the guy but this posting looks like exactly what you need. Call him out for a free estimate.

http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-services-skilled-trades-excavation-demolition-waterproofing-KELLYS-ALL-GROUND-WORK-403-888-8881-W0QQAdIdZ475028872QQfeaturedAdZtrue

kaput
04-19-2013, 09:30 PM
Depending on how bad the 'hills' are you might be able to just dump and spread a couple loads of gravel :dunno:

flipstah
04-19-2013, 09:39 PM
If we rent a bobcat and start to excavate a little bit, the issue is dumping the soil.

I'll take pics tomorrow.

master hec0
04-19-2013, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by flipstah
If we rent a bobcat and start to excavate a little bit, the issue is dumping the soil.

I'll take pics tomorrow.


I run gravel truck for an excavating company.

Give my Boss a call were a smaller company with all the tools to do the job. actually were currently filling in a customers acreage with clean fill.


His name is Shaun Otis 403-861-8926. Let him Know Nigel sent ya.
otisexcavating.ca/

spacerz
04-19-2013, 10:46 PM
I have a bobcat as well...but I won't be able to do anything until after exams!

flipstah
04-20-2013, 12:35 PM
So here it is at the moment:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n205/dj_flipster/WP_20130420_001_zps8b6914d4.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n205/dj_flipster/WP_20130420_004_zps986b2f37.jpg

So the 'hills' are these bumps you see on the second picture and it's not leveled.

I can dump the rectangle lot with gravel but don't know where to put the excess soil if I use a Bobcat out.

Another idea we had was to just level it out so it's adjacent to the garage on the side and it becomes a bigger carpark.


Originally posted by master hec0



I run gravel truck for an excavating company.

Give my Boss a call were a smaller company with all the tools to do the job. actually were currently filling in a customers acreage with clean fill.


His name is Shaun Otis 403-861-8926. Let him Know Nigel sent ya.
otisexcavating.ca/

Thanks! I'll give him a call and see what can come up.

sxtasy
04-20-2013, 12:47 PM
Imo, I would post an ad in kijiji "free clean fill" perhaps you could find someone that would pay for the trucking costs. Excavate down a good 8-12 inches below finished grade. Bring in some road crush and compact in lifts. This will give you a stable surface to drive on and is a suitable substrate if you want to go with concrete in the future.

Edit: Don't forget to check for underground utilities

FixedGear
04-20-2013, 02:14 PM
That bump doesn't look that big, can't you just get some garden tools and scrape away the high parts and use that to fill in the low parts? That would be my strategy vs. spending $1k. Or does this stretch on for a long distance outside the photo?

bourge73
04-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Don just supply pizza and beer and I'm
Sure you will have it all done with beyonders ...

flipstah
04-20-2013, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by FixedGear
That bump doesn't look that big, can't you just get some garden tools and scrape away the high parts and use that to fill in the low parts? That would be my strategy vs. spending $1k. Or does this stretch on for a long distance outside the photo?

The hill stretches further out, higher is underneath the Outlander.

I don't want to spend $1k but that's the max.

Maybelater
04-23-2013, 05:33 PM
Since you'll already be in the situation to do it, you could excavate a few inchs down and back fill it with gravel and make a driveway for your vehicle.

flipstah
04-23-2013, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by Maybelater
Since you'll already be in the situation to do it, you could excavate a few inchs down and back fill it with gravel and make a driveway for your vehicle.

You mean start from the top and create a decline towards the back alley? I could but where to put the excess soil excavated from the top?

Also, left a message with Otis but no reply.

sillysod
04-25-2013, 07:30 AM
Gary at CJM Bobcats....

flipstah
04-25-2013, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by sillysod
Gary at CJM Bobcats....

Emailed. :thumbsup:

DeleriousZ
04-25-2013, 08:09 AM
http://img0.etsystatic.com/001/0/7357104/il_340x270.402829692_32d0.jpg

http://etyman.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/planking-crop-circle.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m28lib3fsC1rnom13o1_250.jpg

flipstah
04-25-2013, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by DeleriousZ
http://img0.etsystatic.com/001/0/7357104/il_340x270.402829692_32d0.jpg

http://etyman.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/planking-crop-circle.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m28lib3fsC1rnom13o1_250.jpg

LOL. Too bad it's a mix of what seems to be clay and dirt so it's rock hard and almost like silly putty.

DeleriousZ
04-25-2013, 08:36 AM
http://preview.turbosquid.com/Preview/2010/12/04__16_30_00/Shovel_Axe_07.jpg7c55ba9a-a0f4-439d-9a21-bc0570a27af8Larger.jpg

:P