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Dark loose clay
#489881 05/09/18 11:41 PM
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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).

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Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #489882 05/09/18 11:56 PM
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Pic of dark clay in hole

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Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #489883 05/09/18 11:57 PM
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Closer picture of clay

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Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #489884 05/09/18 11:58 PM
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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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Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #491323 06/05/18 01:54 PM
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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.

Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #491328 06/05/18 02:20 PM
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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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Noel
Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #500826 01/18/19 02:22 AM
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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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Re: Dark loose clay
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How's thing going for ya?

Re: Dark loose clay
For the Family #526808 10/16/20 01:08 AM
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I have just gotten together enough money to finish this thing. Picture to come. They are on day 6 on the dig and WOW what a difference a good builder can make.

Find me on Facebook. I will approve your friend connection and you can see pictures. Jason Rutledge

I will also post here once the project is completed.

I am avoiding posting on here each day the progress and will once it is done.

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