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VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
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Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
My driveway has had some issues that I won't get into here, but I'm nervous about a full dump truck driving on it and making my issues worse. This spring I'd like to get some sand and soil delivered for leveling and building up some beds. I own the three lots next to me, but they're all wooded and there is no culvert over the ditch. Is there some kind of temporary solution so a dump truck can back onto my lots and dump? If you have an estimated cost for your solution, that would be much appreciated! Thanks HGB!


baldona
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Florida
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
A full size dump truck with a 20 yard load is like 80,000 lbs.

You can get deliveries of 1, 3, 5 and other sizes of loads also in smaller trucks. The dirt place by me has a 3 yard F350 they use for your exact scenario.


TU Rob
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Also see if any of the places that deliver have a Georgia Buggy. I think they're more commonly used for concrete, but it is basically a powered wheel barrow used to move smaller quantities of material from a large truck out to the area you need it. Or you could rent one yourself and get them to dump the sand and soil somewhere you could shovel it into the buggy and drive it back to where you want to drop it.


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Stexas
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SWLA
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Any way they could dump at the end of your driveway and you could use a skid steer or a front end loader to move? If you rent a skid steer, you'd have a load of dirt spread in less than an hour or two depending on how far you're bringing it.


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Daponch
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Get the soil/sand delivered at the end of your driveway like what was posted. Make sure it is no larger than a 8yd truck. Move by hand and park cars along the road as necessary


VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
I was thinking about this, but I want to have a load of sand and soil delivered, and possibly limestone, for various different projects. I'd like to sort of stockpile it on our empty lots and use it as I'm able to work on it. So it's not only the fear of the driveway getting damaged.


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baldona
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
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Get the soil/sand delivered at the end of your driveway like what was posted


I’m not trying to argue, but you absolutely don’t want to do this unless you have a couple teenage sons to help you.

It’s absolutely worth it to have multiple 3 yard loads dumped exactly where you are using it then have it dumped in the front and wheel barrow it around. Skid steers will tear up your yard as bad or worse then a 3 yard truck of dirt. So you could get a large truck of dirt dropped and then rent a skid steer to move it around, but thats going do a lot of damage in itself.


VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
8001 posts

re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Yeah, it would be just me. My 7 year old will eagerly help me out but he's not going to make much of a dent, haha. I really need to figure out a temporary ditch crossing. I was reading another forum where someone said I could get a steel culvert and drop some gravel on it, but that would be a pain in the arse to clean up out of the ditch once I'm done. What about getting some steel grates or something. Wondering if any construction companies around might have a solution. Hell I don't know.


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WhiskeyThrottle
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
How many yards do you need and do you need it done in one shot? I have a garden yard that I had to truck 10 yards into. I have a truck and a 16' flatbed trailer. I can get a yard in my truck and 2 yards on the trailer. I don't normally do both but have. I run my truck up to the material supplier and get 1, 2 or 3 yards at a time, back the truck to where it's going and unload right where it's needed. This does require more trips but at least you don't have to move it twice and keeps the full yardage off the drive.

A skidsteer shouldn't run you more than $250 for the day if you want to have the dirt delivered to the end of your drive and use a skid steer to move the dirt.


VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
I just passed Home Depot and am now considering renting one of their walled trailers and doing this approach. Maybe a pain to go back and forth, but I think it is a better alternative than trying to find a way for a dump truck to cross the ditch. Pretty reasonable rates too at $129/ day. One of them had a hydraulic dump feature too which would be pretty damn awesome.
This post was edited on 3/3 at 8:29 am


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Jwils
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Could you rent a few timber mats for them to drive on? They can be used to either cross the ditches or placed on the driveway to disperse the weight of the truck to prevent damage. We use them all the time at work for muddy/unstable conditions.
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baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Can you get a regular sized truck back to your yard? Just not a full size dump truck? There's normal sized trucks that deliver dirt in small loads of 3-5 yards. Go this route first, its more than getting a 20 yards as far as price per yard but its definitely worth it as far as dropping it on site.

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Dawginthewoods
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Oconee National Forest
Member since Nov 2017
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
How deep is the ditch? Could you cut trees down on the lots and fill the ditch?


VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
It's not very deep, it's more wide and it's VERY soft. I do have a few pines that I am cutting eventually. I thought about doing this and putting some 2x12s over it, but wasn't sure if some random truck driver would show up and not be comfortable doing it


baldona
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Florida
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
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It's not very deep, it's more wide and it's VERY soft. I do have a few pines that I am cutting eventually. I thought about doing this and putting some 2x12s over it, but wasn't sure if some random truck driver would show up and not be comfortable doing it


Hell no, I doubt any dirt delivery person would drive over a make shift bridge. A culvert maybe.

If its very close, they could drop it on one side of the ditch and you could just wheelbarrow it across 3-4 2x12s? That would suck too though IMO.


VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
8001 posts

re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
Yeah I think my best bet at this point would be renting the Hd trailer and hauling it myself. Most delivery places have a 6 yard minimum for free delivery. If I start breaking that down into smaller chunks for 3 different types of material then the delivery costs are going to be ridiculous


baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
I think you are overthinking it honestly. Yes getting smaller loads is more costly then one big load, but consider also that if you are getting say material that gets layered it may be better to get it delivered over multiple days. So are you going to rent a trailer for multiple days, or have to go get the trailer, drive to the dirt place, then to your house, then get it delivered?

I'm as cheap as anyone, but if you can get a delivery and knock a project out in one day as opposed to renting a trailer over 2 different weekends then that's worth a hell of a lot of money.


VanRIch
TBD Fan
Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
8001 posts

re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
No, I wouldn't be layering any of the material. It's all for different projects. My idea would be to rent a trailer one saturday and spend that saturday driving back and forth to the dirt place, dropping it off at home and then returning the trailer the same day. Then I'll have my 3 stockpiles that I can use as I'm able to do the various projects. That to me is more efficient than scheduling multiple loads. The only downside is I can't access where I initially wanted to put the loads with my truck and a trailer, so I'll have to put it on part of my lawn, but I'm ok with that at this point.


midlothianlsu
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Midlothian, Texas
Member since Oct 2009
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
I bought an extra yard and had them dump a yard in the ditch. A little smoothing out and I had a bridge plus extra for miscellaneous holes. Most of those were made by the truck.


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Fox McCloud
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re: Need sand and soil delivered but don't want the dump truck on the driveway
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It’s absolutely worth it to have multiple 3 yard loads dumped exactly where you are using it then have it dumped in the front and wheel barrow it around. Skid steers will tear up your yard as bad or worse then a 3 yard truck of dirt. So you could get a large truck of dirt dropped and then rent a skid steer to move it around, but thats going do a lot of damage in itself.


shite have done this myself so many times wheelbarrowing from front to back. Takes a few days but it can be done.
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