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Thread: How to Dig a Sideways Hole?

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    DIY Member BillyJoeJimBob's Avatar
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    Default How to Dig a Sideways Hole?

    I'm posting this here because you guys know a lot about just about everything.

    My situation is that I have power on one side of a concrete driveway, and I want to dig a hole about 12" deep (say 6" below the concrete) with a diameter big enough to run a piece of electrical conduit through it so that I can run power to the other side of the driveway. The distance is about 25 ft.

    Is there any tool that I can rent? The primary thing I'm trying to avoid is having to jack-hammer/cut the concrete. In my mind, there ought to be some kind of flexible cable like a roto-rooter that you can shove sideways and dig a hole.

    Any help? Thanks in advance.

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    In the trades Dana's Avatar
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    Depending on how rocky & tight your soil is, but it's possible to dig a ~12-13' long 12" deep trench on one side, and use 10' sections 1" steel pipe with a caps on both ends and drive it through with a 25lb maul, spinning off the cap you're driving, adding a coupling and another 10', capping it, repeat unit you're sure you've driven enough pipe that you're sure you're here, then go dig it up on the other side.

    I've done exactly this a couple of times in sandy soil at about 20', no reason it couldn't have gone 30. A 10' section of 1" pipe is pretty snaky stuff when you put the hammer to it- you have to line it up well, and know that it could change direction on you as it engages obstacles. One big rock could spoil that approach if it dead-ends, but smaller rocks, not so much. It'll never come up exactly where you think- always deflects a bit- it could end up either shallower or deeper at the far end. But in consistent and not-too-hard soil it's not that bad.

    I got the idea from seeing a 40-50' county road crossing for 2" PVC water main being installed this way. They were using 3" or 3.5" galvanized steel pipe and a backhoe to push it through. The push-pipe was abandoned in the end, used as a protective casing for the 2" PVC threaded through it, saving the contractor a lot on time, labor and road-repair costs etc. It was pretty slick- mostly clay subsoil in that case, and it took them less than an hour to make the crossing. The water main contractor had an electronic pipe-finder gadget to figure out where to dig on the far side, but in the shallower shorter driveway crossings I've never had a problem finding the pipe. YMMV.

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    If there are no rocks, you could probably wash it in like a shallow well. See this video.

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    I have a borzit......google it....it works very well if there aren't any big rocks, way better than trying to drive a pipe....you need a big drill...I don't think you can rent one, but it's better that busting up the driveway.

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