A Simple Glossary Of Key Terms Associated With Residential Excavating

Posted on: 16 October 2015

Excavators, such as at Catmandu Excavating & Bobcat Services, are one of the most beneficial professionals to have around during varying aspects of home construction and maintenance work. From adding a new septic line to creating a space for a pool, there are a lot of tasks that would be much more time-consuming without excavation contractors available. If you are anticipating an upcoming excavation project at your house or on your property, it is a good idea to take a little time to get familiar with the process just a bit before it gets started. Part of familiarizing yourself with excavation is understanding a few of the most commonly used terms and phrases in the industry.

Fill Dirt - If you have hired a contractor to level your property, fill dirt will be a big part of the process. Fill dirt, or filler dirt, is just dirt that may be brought in from a different location and used to fill in a specific area.

Rough Grading or Rough Leveling - Rough grading is often performed at the end of an excavation project to restore the levelness of the ground. During the rough grading process, the excavator will make various cuts into the ground and use filler dirt to accomplish a more level terrain.

Trenched Dig - A trenched dig is what will be used if you are having a line installed on your property beneath the ground, but is also used in french drain installation and other property transforming excavation projection. This simply means creating a trench on the property instead of one large opening.

Grubbing - In the beginning of the excavation project, you may hear mention of clearing and grubbing. This is a term that refers to the general process of clearing a property of trees and vegetation before digging can begin. In wooded areas or property that boasts a lot of trees, grubbing can be a major part of the excavation process.

Lithic - You may not hear the term often, but lithic basically means something is made of stone. For example, if your hired excavator hits a snag in the project due to a stone basin several feet below the ground, they may refer to a lithic layer.

Excavation may sound like a complicated job, but any time you are having work completed on your property you will see that that while difficult to achieve, a skilled contractor will make what they do look like a simple process. If you hear other terms and phrases used during the project that you do not understand, don't hesitate to ask the excavation contractor to fill you in.


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