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Old 01-21-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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When digging in clay, if you cannot use a backhoe, rent a demolition hammer from Home Depot ($20 or so for the day) with a shovel bit. It goes through clay like butter. We use them for trenching drain systems in crawlspaces, and I also use it for planting in the yard just to irk my neighbors breaking their backs with shovels and pick axes lol. It can dig a 2' x 2' x 2' hole in a bout 5 minutes.
Would that cut through tree roots as well? I've been looking for a way to dig a shallow channel down a hill on our property for drainage, but the trencher I rented was just too heavy and cumbersome for the job.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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check out this as an alternative:

Waste Disposal & Pet Waste CA|Dog Poop Removal System Fresno CA (http://www.doggiedoodrain.com/home.php - broken link)
Do you (or know anyone who does) have this system?
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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I dug a 2' x 2' x 2' hole in my backyard and installed a dog septic system. Digging the hole was a LOT of work. It's not so much the clay....the rocks! I ended up with a huge pile of rocks after I was done digging! I live on a heavily wooded lot, and always expect roots, but the rocks make digging really tough.

But after all was said and done, the septic system was more work than it was worth. You have to add water daily. Lots of water, or it won't work. You also have to add enzymes weekly or monthly. The concept is good, but the expense and work required never really made it worthwhile. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend buying any commercial doggie septic system. All you're paying for is a lid and a starter kit of enzymes. I would have been much better off fabricating some type of easy open lid for my real septic tank, and just adding the dogs daily work to it. Plus, no matter what the ads say on their website and packaging, the insects still find their way to the waste. They always will. My "tank" is still there in my yard. Granted, the plastic lid has survived much longer than I thought it would. It outlived my dogs. But I actually gave up on using the dooley after about a year. The amount of water you had to add was adding up and we were in a bad drought in this area...meaning the soil was always very dry and any added water seeped out quickly, never giving it proper time to work.

That unit linked above would have been a lot easier for me.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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Do you (or know anyone who does) have this system?
no. we recently got a new pup and have been thinking about disposal systems. this looks reasonable, but we haven't made the decision to purchase yet
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Would that cut through tree roots as well? I've been looking for a way to dig a shallow channel down a hill on our property for drainage, but the trencher I rented was just too heavy and cumbersome for the job.
I have never had to deal with roots luckily, but I suspect it would with a sharp spade bit. It breaks through 4" slabs on concrete with ease.
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