I was digging a huge trench for some arborvitae last night, and also the end result looked very much prefer a shallow grave. It acquired me to wondering, just how long would it take a fairly healthy, able-bodied perboy to dig a regulation grave by hand? I had a shovel and a pickaxe via one flat end, and also it was hard work to get to wright here I dug.

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So, right here is the question - you are a summer intern for Sam and also Dean Winchester, and also they require you to dig a grave for them while they are off slaying a demon. You have actually a shovel and the pickaxe, and your ground is relatively soft, not tough packed clay. (I’m in Oregon, close to a farming area, for reference.)

How lengthy to dig a 6 foot deep grave by yourself?

I would certainly say at least a full 8 hours… In TV reflects, it generally seems to be a few hour task, and the diggers aren’t totally wiped out when they are done, and I simply can’t believe that to be realistic.

boytyperanma October 2, 2008, 11:04pm #2

I can’t provide an excellent answer for a grave specifically yet I’ve dug many holes in the ground over the years. 2 males digging a 6deepx7longx3 1/2wide is gonna take a good 5 hours. With 3 or 4 males you might more than likely cut it down to 3hrs.

An_Arky October 2, 2008, 11:05pm #3

A_shameful_cracka October 2, 2008, 11:13pm #4

When we had actually our sewer lines reinserted, two males dug a trench about 3 feet deep and 30 feet lengthy (probably longer, I haven’t measured our back yard) in about 8 hrs. They didn’t dig at the same time, one dug while the various other rested, and they took turns. I don’t think it would have taken long for those two to dig a grave, perhaps 2 hours.

Iggins October 2, 2008, 11:16pm #5

My personal best is 1:37:34, yet I remained in a hurry.

I hate that, once you simply need to get rid of a body, and the man is rushing you.

You seem to be fairly the Shoveler, by the way. The trench I dug was about 6 feet lengthy, 2.5 feet wide, and also around 2.5 feet deep. Part of the dirt was already turned up, and also I think it took me around an hour to gain every one of the dirt out. If I had actually to go one more 4 feet deeper, I would certainly not have actually been able to execute it in one more hour.

An_Arky October 2, 2008, 11:25pm #6

It was simply a back-of-an-envelope calculation. You’ll never before capture me toiling prefer that, ever, unmuch less I’m doing hard time.

Zsofia October 2, 2008, 11:49pm #7

I can’t administer a good answer for a grave especially yet I’ve dug many type of holes in the ground over the years. 2 males digging a 6deepx7longx3 1/2wide is gonna take a good 5 hrs. With 3 or 4 guys you could probably cut it down to 3hours.

No you couldn’t. Once you acquire down a certain amount wright here are those extra men going to stand? Granted, you can rest some and take turns, however at some point you have to obtain in the grave and I’m not sure two world can also execute that together.

Harmonious_Discord October 3, 2008, 12:04am #8

The deeper you dig the harder it is, bereason of the dirt removal. You can’t mean to dig fast below a couple feet. Somebody via a hoist and bucket could make it much quicker for the digger. Then they only lift the soil a couple feet aacquire.

carnivorousplant October 3, 2008, 12:28am #9

My suffer at digging garden pools around four feet deep is that earth becomes more densely packed the deeper you go. Obviously a role of the soil form, however at pipe burying depth the soil has actually been operated by drainage, worms and armadillos.


boytyperanma October 3, 2008, 3:36am #10

The deeper you dig the harder it is, because of the dirt removal. You can’t suppose to dig rapid below a couple feet. Somebody with a hoist and bucket can make it much much faster for the digger. Then they only lift the soil a pair feet aacquire.

Yes this is extremely crucial as soon as considering digging. For anything in my area of occupational we typical carry in a backhoe for anypoint deeper then 4 feet, as it ends up being more cost efficient for the customer.

Rick October 3, 2008, 5:33am #11

It was a variety of years earlier, but I dug a hole 4’X4’X4’ for a tree. I had watered the ground for a couple of days, so it wasn’t too tough.It took me around 2 hrs to dig all the dirt out.

Blake October 3, 2008, 5:37am #12

I had actually a … pickaxe via one level end…

That would be a mattock.

Siam_Sam October 3, 2008, 5:47am #13

I hate that, when you just need to get rid of a body, and also the guy is rushing you.

Simply do what I do: Dig the grave beforehand also.

Gorsnak October 3, 2008, 5:50am #14

I’ve actually participated in a grave-digging. Bunch of cousins and also a couple uncles dug the grave for Grandpa by hand also. Unfortunately for the OP, it was over 10 years earlier and also I really don’t know how long it took. Probably about 3 hours. It was afternoon, and we didn’t rush out from lunch or ago for stop. Course, we had actually 8-10 civilization tbelow and also so you can go pretty difficult as soon as it was your revolve. Two world in the hole to start, however after it gets deeper there’s only room for one utilizing a long-handled spade to throw the dirt out. As I respeak to we’d put the shorter folks dvery own 2 at a time to break a bunch of dirt loose, then a taller one to throw it out.

JimmyFlair October 3, 2008, 7:29am #15

I’m simply glad this didn’t have “Need answer FAST!!!” in the threview title.

gaffa October 3, 2008, 10:17am #16

Never before dug a grave, yet I dug a basement stairwell. It was about 12’ lengthy, and also 11’ at the deepest suggest. Tright here were 3 of us - I was breaking up the dirt via a thin post-hole shovel, a 2nd man was shoveling up the broken dirt and tossing it up, and also the third guy actually caught the tossed dirt on his shovel, which he then tossed into the dumpster. It more than likely took six hours, as this remained in Kansas City where any type of dirt more than a pair of feet deep is actually red clay.

The very same task compelled digging a “French drain” device all approximately the basement perimeter, 75’ long and 16" to 24" deep, and also a 4’ deep pit for the sump pump.

This experience filled me through the settle to never find myself in a instance wbelow I would need to dig a grave.

Iggins October 3, 2008, 3:02pm #17

That would be a mattock.

Thanks! I didn’t recognize the name, and also a quick google search just defined pickaxes with two points or with one pointy/one level end.

So it seems, as many things go on TV, also the occupational essential to dig a grave is abbreviated.

Note to self: if you need to dig a big hole, get a backhoe.

Gbro October 3, 2008, 3:22pm #18

My foster brvarious other and I dug many kind of tombs 30+ years earlier. I can’t remember ever before timing it yet one cemetery was sandy loam and also the other was clay. The clay one had actually a storage structure for winter, as frost and clay produced imposable digging.We had actually a reflector hood to acquire with the frost at the sandy cemetery.$20.00 was separation for the work-related.I think one of the best misconceptions is around the depth. I never dug a grave deeper than 5-5.5 ft… The just thing I ever heard was 6’ was for communicable illness.My dischoose for a lawn mower stems from mowing the cemetery(press mower w/motor). That was a never-ending-job:( Today through the smooth riders/Ipods its a decent project.

Mooch October 3, 2008, 3:30pm #19

A few years back my girlfrifinish (currently wife), buddy and also I were hanging out in my apartment on a warm Chicback summer night.

He gets a speak to from his girlfriend’s widowed mother that her dog (incredibly old and sick) simply died and to please come over. Turns out she desires it buried in her overgrvery own backyard bereason that’s wright here all the various other family members pets are buried.

My buddy’s girlfriend is out of tvery own, so my wife drives us to the Home Despot to pick up a pair of shovels and some white sheets at Target. We pick up some old kerosene lanterns at his area for light and a case of beer.

My wife spends time through this poor woman who is pretty distraught while my buddy and also I usage the sheet to carry this 80lb dog exterior. There is no method he passed away that evening. Probably that morning or the day before. I threw up after we obtained it exterior.

We had a hell of a time picking a spot bereason of trees, roots and also previously hidden pets.

What a suractual scene if the next-door neighbors taken place to look out the window: Two dudes swigging beer and also digging an noticeable grave in an overgrvery own backyard at 10pm on a hot and also steamy night by kerosene lantern light. I’m surprised the cops weren’t educated.

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To answer your question: It took 2 men 4.5 hours to dig a 5’ long 4’ wide 5’ deep grave half drunk at night under lantern light in 80+ level temps.