Here is a wonderful photo of a backhoe digging the garage footing pond. In dry weather this would be called a trench. In less than a minute the power line to the shop was cut. The marking flags were two feet off! We did all the footing work including the fireplace pad. Of course the kids enjoyed the dirtpile the most. I, on the other hand, love a nice sewer pipe especially when it is aimed at the future dyno room.