Over the weekend, Greg removed a huge pile of dirt from in between our house and the neighbors. He’s getting rid of the excess dirt so we can sort out a drainage problem. Our neighbors roof empties rainwater out between our two houses (our house in on the left). Overtime it has caused the side our house to rot and floods our basement during heavy downpours. We need to come up with a solution for the water to run away from the house.
The dirt project has taken longer then a weekend. Greg has spent the last few months digging up giant roots and rocks little by little. He piled all the excess fill into a pile in the center. We called a landscaper last week to get the dirt remove. The estimate came back at $950. I guess he wanted to use a tractor?
So this brings me us to the topic of disposal. How do you rid of stuff you don’t need? You can’t bring everything to the dump. Ours won’t take dirt or rocks. We had this same problem last year when we dug out our garden and had a pile of excess dirt. We tried free fill signs, ads on Craigslist and nothing worked. A friend’s brother eventually helped us out with the project for $200 and 6-pack of beer.
For now about five yards of dirt sits in the middle of the driveway. Do you think your neighbors are laughing wondering if I’m going to put out another free sign? We still haven’t come up with a real plan for step two: actual disposal. We’ve called a few drop off dumpster services but nobody has returned our calls—maybe they don’t take dirt? We thought about renting a trailer and bringing it to a disposal center. But where can we rent a simple garden trailer? Having our own pick-up truck would come in handy right about now…
House Renovation: Free Dirt!