I've noticed in several of the photographs that while digging, some of you use a small tarp with ropes attached. Looks like this is a good way to get rid of excess dirt as well as protection from wet ground during rainy weather. I have looked all over for a small tarp like the ones you use but can only find large ones. 8X10 and larger. Anyone care to advise where I can find one?
We can get tarps locally [Austin TX] 5 X 7 @ $5.- ea. = two, 21/2 X 31/2 = $2.50 ea.
The cheapest 1/4" polyrope works best. Even on corners with factory grommets, it's best to "bunch up" the material and tie a knot
A good dirt moving alternative to a big shovel is an ALUMINUM 8" frying pan. Thrift store @ $1.50
And finally, "the last word" . . . .All different tools and techniques will be seen at digfest
so a new digger can deceide what suits him best
I know a guy who sells plans for Beehives and dog houses he get 15 bucks a pop.
Just make yourself a set of plans and sell them I have seen this tarp sifter screener in action. It would be worth it to buy the plans make your own. that contraption on your back you can travel light and not make a scene carrying an fifty pound screen system. When you do not want to draw alot of attention to where you are headed.
Red, 5 X 7 "standard" weight tarp, cut in half,
Digging four times a week, in midden rock
density soils, each 1/2 should last 2 months
Interesting you figured to use the strong banner material, this whole tarp thing started 6 years ago with a banner I found at roadside. Good material
but the highest wear is the middle drag area so eventually you are left with a perfect donut advertising