I've been doing too much diggin'...


12 pointer
Oct 29, 2004
And my back is letting me know. The culvert at my property was getting close to being clogged. Waiting a month to check and clear it did not help a thing. I guess a few gully washers finally filled it up. Then I had new gutters installed at the palatial estate. Since we seem to have "once in a hundred years" rains a few times a summer now, I split the gutters to two different outlets.

The soft stuff in the culvert, while not easy digging is nothing like the rock and yellow clay of my yard. I needed a spud bar and mattox to dig about ten feet...
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10 pointer
Aug 29, 2010
East Ky
A hand dug and field rock lined water well is pretty much out of the question these days. The last one I ever heard of being dug was in 1945, by my uncle and was 21' feet deep. I helped him clean it out in 1978.
Dropped a many of buckets upside down attached to a string growing up. That well is still beside my mom's house and she refuses to have it filled even though she has county water.

Much respect to whomever crawled in those holes with a mattic.

I know of a few that are pretty dangerous if you don't know where they are since they're covered with debris.


12 pointer
Apr 7, 2015
I have two culverts off the driveway that in a heavy rain will pack up. It's bout 2.5 feet down to the culvert pipe. They filled in a heap and took me 1/2 a day to get em cleaned out with a good sized tractor. It was crazy. Last 1/2 foot was done by hand and it sucked.