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He Uses A Shop Vac To Dig Holes
Keeping holes for posts free of dirt and debris can be a challenge. Jeff Buckner, Cannon City, Colo., found a way to make the job faster and easier.
I live in an area where the ground can be hard or rocky, making it difficult to dig a hole. Using a digging bar and post hole digger it can take a long time to dig and clean out the hole. I usually end up having to reach down into the hole and clean it out by hand.
Buckner started using a large shop vac to clear out the hole as he digs. I tried duct taping the hose to the digging bar, but it was awkward and the hose got in the way. I put the hose in the hole and keep the digging bar moving. It saves a lot of time. If I need to smooth the edges to make the hole round I put a metal pipe on the end of the shop vac hose and scrape the sides to clear a hole that fits a 2 3/8-in. corner fence post perfectly.
He notes the need to be careful not to crush the end of the vac hose when working. You can even use a demolition hammer or jack hammer if needed for rocks etc.
Buckner recently dug a 250-ft. trench for a water line to a horse shed. He duct taped a 2-in. by 10-ft. pvc pipe to the shop vac hose to clean out the trench. As I moved along I kicked the line into the trench and when the shop vac was full I dumped it back into the trench, which was easier than digging and backfilling with a shovel. He checks the filter when dumping the vac.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeffrey Buckner, 45780 W. US Hwy 50, Cannon City, Colo. 81212; (jbuckner@yahoo.com).

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