The dirt gets blown away by the wind on a windy day. On a calm day, the dirt gets carried away by little ants which function based on the phase of the Moon. Oh, wait a minute...forget my answers; I thought this was the debunking forum. :tongue2:timejim said:Have you ever noticed that most of the time, when you dig a hole, there isn't enough dirt to fill it back up? Where did it go? I know there are those who say the phase of the Moon has something to do with it, but regardless, where did the dirt go?
Sorry, we're still working on the problem of where socks go after we put them in the dryer.timejim said:Have you ever noticed that most of the time, when you dig a hole, there isn't enough dirt to fill it back up? Where did it go? I know there are those who say the phase of the Moon has something to do with it, but regardless, where did the dirt go?
Perhaps you could test it by scooping dirt into a non-filterable pail (make sure the dirt doesnt come off the shovel) and then pouring the pail back into the hole. But unfortunately even that has its quips, reshuffling the dirt around will distort its original compacted shape and will probably leave a few gaps here and there.Moonbear said:You know, I've run into this problem too and it has always baffled me. I dig a hole into compacted soil (the hard stuff to dig in), stick a plant of some sort in the hole, including roots and the soil it was potted in, and fully expect there to be dirt at least in excess of the amount of soil added from the pot the plant was in, and can never seem to find it all. Now, a little soil I know just winds up scattered into the surroundings that I just can't scoop up, and that amount will depend on how wide I made my initial pile of dirt, but this never seems to account for the fact that I wind up still needing more soil to fill in around my plant! And when I do have excess soil, the amount of excess soil left seems inversely proportional to the available space for inconspicuously scattering that excess.
Well, once the gremlins have plundered the dirt from our holes, they have to put it somewhere, and since they all live in Arizona, that's a logical place for it. :tongue2:Janitor said:It seems that Arizona dirt works the opposite way from your dirt. (The newly-placed vitrified clay sewer pipe would have taken up some of the volume, I will grant you. But not much.)
That reminds me of a news story from the 1980s. A "sludge train" from New York City was driving around the country trying to find some district that would accept the semi-processed sewage. A place in Arizona finally took on the task.Moonbear said:...since they all live in Arizona, that's a logical place for it. :tongue2:
Nah, once they discover the excess in Arizona, the gremlin mafia has a trucking arrangement in place that they charge the people in Arizona to take the excess away, and then charge those of us elsewhere to dump it back in our yards.DarkAnt said:Does this mean we are going to run out of dirt!?
Conserve dirt for a dirtier tomorrow!
Yep, this is why I am so baffled. I never had this problem when made to dig various holes for my parents, it was usually what you described, the dirt was fluffed up, so always in excess, even after stomping on it for a while. I've had this happen several times though while digging holes in my own yard. I'm tellin' ya, it's that gremlin dirt mafia! Maybe it has to do with the number of chipmunk holes/tunnels in the yard? I have lots of chipmunk tunnels through the flower bed where I run into the problem the most, so maybe I'm just filling up their holes in addition to my own. The earthworms are never thrilled with my digging either (I have lots of them, and wind up with a lot of halves of earthworms when I'm done digging :yuck: ). Then again, I don't know where the dirt from the chipmunk holes goes either. There's never a mound of dirt near the opening of their holes either, just a hole.Phobos said:Not enough dirt to backfill? Odd. I usually experience the opposite (extra dirt leftover). Must be related to latitude.
In the construction biz, a "fluff factor" of 10% is usually expected (because when you dig it up, you are un-compacting it).
It eats them.FaverWillets said:Sorry, we're still working on the problem of where socks go after we put them in the dryer.