I got 7 cubic yards of soil for my raised beds. Shoveling it is killing me

I got 7 cubic yards of soil for my raised beds

Shoveling it is killing me

Is there like a way I could vacuum transfer it? I have an old shop vac and a leaf blower/sucker combo thing. I was thinking maybe if I just don't put the shop vac base on, or the leaf bag, one of those might work to like spray it into the bed. Or maybe that will just destroy them.

Is there something like that? I'd buy one. Otherwise I could rent a loader but I'd also have to get it delivered and picked up, that gets kind of pricey.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    theoretically you could but that sounds moronic

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      yeah that's why I made a thread, it sounded like a good idea for 5 minutes but then I thought maybe there's actually something intended for this purpose and I don't know what it's called.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I thought maybe there's actually something intended for this purpose and I don't know what it's called.

        mexicans

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not moronic at all, it's called pneumatic conveying.

      If you have a heavy duty compressor and some money to blow, look into exair's line vacs.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a wheel barrow and a tarp so it doesn't get wet/heavier. You can rent a standing bobcat thing if you are really that lazy. 7 yards is a lot but not impossible, two days youll be done.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Make sure it doesn't have contamination. A herbacide, 'grazon' (Get it? graze on) that will go through several seasons and still kill the plant shortly after it grows more than a few inches.

    Only from the psychopathic minds at monsanto, dow... ag 'science', brough you agent orange, glyphosate, etc. Now, aminopyralid! Just to keep pushing mindless boomer monocropping b.s.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    go rent a small mini excavator for a day

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ^This and it's useful to learn how to run one, but that pic is not a mini in case OP doesn't know.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I think that's what I'll have to do

      I still think the vacuum idea sounds cool

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a skid steer, not an excavator but might serve your purposes better. Excavators are better for precision, skid steed for bulk movement.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Grow a pair and keep shoveling. Maybe you'll have the tiniest glimmer of character by the time you're done.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got 12 yards delivered last month and I just finished shoveling the far pile which is probably 8-9 yards. Aside from renting a skidsteer which doubles the cost of the project, there isn't much of a solution. Having another person helps immensely. Best of luck.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      welp. last time I did a project like this. i went to the rock/soils yard and had the put the dirt in the back of my pick up adn hauled it myself. that way when at home on the project, i just backed up the truck to where i was putting the dirt and easily shoveled out what i need, where i need it
      thats just one of the infinite things that pick up trucks are meant for. if you dont own a pick up truck or know how to use it for things like this, then you should probably just stay inside the kitchen making sandwichs and doing the dishes

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yes I need a truck I know
        they're just so expensive now
        my state has vehicle inspections so it has to be in good enough shape to pass inspection.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >living in a communist state
          I think I found the problem

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's New Hampshire
            strictest vehicle inspections in the country. Put salt on the roads then fail you for rust. It's a racket.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              what a shame. I've never been there but from images I've seen, the east coast is simply beautiful up that way.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                It is, but it's not cheap to live here. I mean yeah no income or sales tax is nice but my property tax is quite high, 2.7% of assessed value, and because it's a pretty wealthy white state there's very little discount stores or ways to get things cheap. No mexicans at my home depot...

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                yeah sounds like what i thought i saw when i looked into possibly moving there awhile back.
                would love to live there if i could afford it.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              yeah sounds like what i thought i saw when i looked into possibly moving there awhile back.
              would love to live there if i could afford it.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you have any space plastic garbage cans like pic related, tip them on their side next to the pile and scoop/rake instead and use a handtruck to cart them away. That or take several smaller tarps and rake mulch off the pile into smaller, wider piles on those tarps and drag them. It sounds like more work but it isn't because you won't be lifting your arms as much with a shovel full of mulch into a barrow. If you have a large rake/tine rake and you're traveling down hill you'll move more material too.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Actually vacuuming it is a bad idea. It'll kill the pump. What you can do though, is to "blow" it. basically like a carburetor, with a strong source of air blowing through the straight part of a T-junction, while the third pipe is sucking in the soil.
    There are similar setups for heaters that burn with pellets or shredded wood.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not a 'bad' idea. There's a company on Amazon that makes a large venturi separator that goes ahead of the shopvac. Fits on a lid on that 55 gal rubbermaid posted earlier.

      Will drop 99.5% of dirt or better, into the bottom. It's meant as a fine dust separator so you don't run through bags and filters, or are stuck with the smaller volume of the shopvac.

      ALWAYS, in regular operation, have a renewable filter on the shopvac (my pref over paper disposable) AND a (third party amazon cheaper) bag, when doing dry. The filter protects the motor, the bag catches the dry dirt. For this particular project, add the venturi, then all the dirt dumps into the 55gal.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Called the 'Dust Deputy' by Oeinda.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Jesus youre weak. Try shoveling 16 ton-of 2” clean in 4 hrs….

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Try having a straight spine with intact cartilage in your late 30s.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >2664▶
        >

        Jesus youre weak. Try shoveling 16 ton-of 2” clean in 4 hrs….


        >Try having a straight spine with intact cartilage in your late 30s.

        You are not supposed to lift weight by bending your spine, neither are you supposed to twist your spine while it is under ANY load. Must hurt to watch you work!

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    lol

    ?t

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I did 4 cu yards of mulch today. Shit sucked. However make sure you have a mulch fork and it will go way better than a shovel. For dirt that only really works if it's not super dry though.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got the same thing last year. Just shovel it into a wheelbarrow you pussy

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Determination and persistence will get the job done. Take your time, don't give yourself a back injury. Make sure you get tons of protein so you don't get weaker day after day.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. My daughter and I shoveled 13 cubic yards of dirt last summer and it was great! For an 8 year old she did great and we leveled the ground where 10 trees were removed. Took us two weeks with a couple of rain showers in-between.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >2 weeks
        You should have helped her.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    gripstrength-let gtfo my PrepHole

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Most rental outfits deliver. Get quotes.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      just run your mower with the bagger on over it. curse at your neighbor when he congress over to ask what the frick your doing that sounds like nickels in a vacuum cleaner

      >$400 bobcat rental to spread $150 of dirt
      ops probably a fatass and could use the free exercise

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    drive to any home depot at 6am and be prepared to shell out 120 per set of brown hands

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I just don't put the shop vac base on
    OMG OMG my sides. STOP!

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    get a snow shovel. I use that and a wheelbarrow and more 1 cubic yard from my truck bed into the planters in 20 minutes

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