Digging a Trench; it can’t be that hard, can it?

Many construction projects involve trenching; this is the process of digging a long, narrow excavation, usually as footings for a structure or to conceal cables or pipes. Popular television programs encourage home owners to attempt sophisticated do-it-yourself projects, and many of the outdoor projects involve digging trenches. As anyone who has done this manually will tell you, it is not as easy as it looks.

Keeping Dimensions Accurate and Problem Soil

To serve its purpose, any completed trench must have accurate dimensions, and it must be straight; this is something that gets more difficult as the trench gets longer. This accuracy demands taking regular measurements of depth and width, and digging straight along a string line. Different types of soils can be challenging with light soils more likely to collapse into the trench, and sticky clay soils, while more stable, are just plain hard work.

Short, Shallow and Simple may be OK

We are not trying to discourage anyone from taking on a trenching project if they have some knowledge and basic skills. If the trench is shallow and short, such as a simple drainage trench to redirect rain water, it may only take a couple of hours to complete. In that case, there may be no need to call in an earth moving company like ours.

Bringing in the Experts

However, if it serves a vital function, is deep enough to be a burying hazard in a collapse or it will be part of a building support, Dee Gees Bobcats will make sure your trench is built to all the required standards. Our machinery and our experienced operators will have the trenching finished quickly with a minimum of disruption, as well as following workplace health and safety laws.

What Happens If Your DIY Trenching Project Drags On?

During our work around the suburbs, we have seen DIY trenching projects where work has been suspended for some time. The trenches have been left open without any protective barriers surrounding them, and tools left on the ground or shoved into piles of dirt.

No doubt, the homeowners think that because these are on private property, safety precautions are unnecessary. Unfortunately, there have been cases where householders or their visitors have been injured when inspecting the work done. Family pets and especially young children are also vulnerable to injury in these circumstances.

Professionals Deliver Safety and Quality

A professional trenching company would not leave unfinished work in this state. If the project is big enough to span days or even weeks, all safety precautions are taken to protect not only the workers, but also members of the public as required by law. Saving money on a small, backyard job is fine, but for a safe, professional result on bigger projects, hire an expert.

Installing A Swimming Pool – The Good, The Bad And The Indifferent

So, you are thinking about installing a pool and are wondering which way is the better way to go. Do you get in a contractor or try and build your own?

There are plenty of success stories out there from people who have built their own pools. There are also plenty of flops.

David Gardner, founder and owner of Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd has seen them all. The good, the bad and the ugly of pool building. David and his crew have vast experience in the excavation of a swimming pool or spa and have loads of tips and tricks to use.

Combat Gardening at its Best

The one thing they stress is that you must realise you are in for a bit of combat gardening until the job is done. It’s going to get mighty messy.

You will need to have patience and not stress about the grass and the garden as the excavator and truck roll in to dig up and take away the soil and other matter from the hole.

Specialist Pool Builder or DIY

Employing a pool building specialist takes all the stress and thinking out of the game. The only time you need to use your brain is to decide all the fun stuff such as where you want the pool, do you want a slide, and what style you are looking for. A builder will do the rest.

They will sculpt the earth, install the framework and concrete, they will finish off the surface and clean up as they leave. Some will even organise the landscaping as well.

The obvious reason for deciding to DIY a swimming pool is the fact that you will save a good portion of your cash. This cash can be used to maintain the pool once it is finished.

The downside to DIYers can be huge. You need to know the bylaws surrounding pool construction for your local shire. You need to know exactly what is required to build a pool and ensure that you get that from each contractor at each step.

Afterwards, it will also be your job to conduct the cleanup and install any gardens and landscaping you desire.

As you can see, one way you pay with your wallet and the other way you pay with your time and energy. Choose what works for you.

Helpful Tips When Hiring a Bobcat for DIY Work

Every once in a while we need to handle some big construction projects at home. This could be a deep excavation project for a pool or maybe we need to re-level a specific area. A huge amount of soil may have to be removed or we may need to clear the area from a tree stump. In these types of situations, we will require heavy equipment to help us do the work.

We often prefer to do the project DIY style, so as to save some money that would otherwise be paid to a hired service for the work. If you have the confidence to tackle the  construction project without expert advice, then you can go ahead and hire Brisbane bobcat earthmoving equipment.

Why a Bobcat?

Brisbane Bobcats are one of the top machines recommended for any type of excavation or land clearing operations. This well-known brand is also ideal for construction or earthmovingprojects in residential areas, mainly because the company produces equipment that is compact and easy to operate by a non-professional user.

Bobcats are quite expensive to buy. However, if you will only be using it for a project that will be finished in a few days, then you can rent the equipment. Bobcat equipment hire is usually charged by the hour. It would only cost you approximately a few hundred dollars for renting the equipment.

Preparation for Rental

Because a Bobcat rental is charged by the hour, it is essential that you make all preparations beforehand. Do all that you can before you bring in the Bobcat. That way, you will not be wasting precious rental hours doing other tasks that do not require the Bobcat. Once you get the Bobcat to the work site, do the excavation or earthmoving task right away. It will also be good to return the Bobcat machine immediately once the earthmoving work has been completed.

Before renting the bobcat, discuss with the rental company the condition of the equipment. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that you are not made responsible for any pre-existing damage to the equipment. Make it clear with the equipment hire company what types of damages already exist. This will help ensure that the damage waiver is given back to you.

When using the Bobcat, make sure you know the limitations of the equipment. Do not attempt to overwork it or use it in areas or tasks that are not specified in its scope of work as this could damage the machine. Before returning the equipment, make sure to also clean it properly. A simple hosing down should be sufficient.

Additional savings can be obtained if you refuel the machine before returning it. The rental company usually charge a higher rate for the fuel that was used for the rental. Click here to find out more about Bobcat rentals in Brisbane.