Finally getting to the house, well sort of. It was time to dig the trenches for the foundation footers and beams. I tried using the backhoe, but I was not happy with the results. The trenches were too ragged at the top and my labor is cheaper than the extra concrete that would have been required for the trenches dug with the backhoe. Therefore the digging of the footers and beams was done with a pick and shovel. The results were nice clean straight sided trenches. I did however dig the trench for the underground sewer drain lines with the backhoe.