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#489881 - 05/10/18 12:41 AM Dark loose clay
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Registered: 09/07/14
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Loc: Shepherdsville, Kentucky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ2SeE_uNx8

I am in the middle of my core renovation and wanted to drain the lake to be able to dry up the leak in the dam. In doing so I cut a 10 ft trench and noticed that some of my clay is real dark and loose. So much so that the trench collapsed into itself. (see the section of the video that shows the wall fall in) SO, is this good clay, just not compacted? Is it just wet due to the leak? or is there such a thing as bad clay and not workable to reuse for the core? I have read on blue clay, but this is more a dark gray when most other sections is brown,....not red, or orange, but brown (and is most definitely clay).


Edited by For the Family (05/10/18 12:59 AM)
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#489882 - 05/10/18 12:56 AM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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Pic of dark clay in hole


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#489883 - 05/10/18 12:57 AM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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Closer picture of clay


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#489884 - 05/10/18 12:58 AM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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Almost met my maker on this one.....only thing stopping the backhoe from toppling into the trench was the boom pinned on the opposite side of the trench wall. I was able to anchor the backhoe with my Silverado while I pushed against the wall with the boom and was driving forward. Real scary!


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#491323 - 06/05/18 02:54 PM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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May be an old layer of organics fully decayed or ash from a fire in the distant past? If it crumbles like that, it may not be clay.
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#491328 - 06/05/18 03:20 PM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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I would be concerned that the dam was constructed with some regular ole' dirt mixed in. Hence the leak you are trying to fix. Just my two cents worth.
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#500826 - 01/18/19 02:22 AM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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Loc: Shepherdsville, Kentucky
I am going to rebuild with clay. Im going to do this ONCE more.....and that's IT! on my 3rd try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Tm3TzVIWQ

DARE TO DREAM. This is after a flood in 2018.
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#502177 - 02/19/19 01:57 AM Re: Dark loose clay [Re: For the Family]
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