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Old 07-05-2020, 09:22 AM   #1
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Hey all, thx for reading. I'm wondering what happens to home sites that are demoed before further development? Homes were regularly destroyed to make room for the freeway system, neighborhoods are leveled to make room for parks, old businesses and homes are destroyed to make room for new or otherwise. What I would like to know is what happens to the "stuff" that is left behind? Reason for the inquiry is that I metal detect as a hobby when I'm not remodeling. I've been blown away at how few items are left in areas where homes once stood. Logic would tell me that a building that is leveled and hauled away will leave a bunch of small objects behind that settled out of the larger demo rubble. But the evidence is contrary to that. Detectors can sense down to about a foot Max so really that top layer is what we hunt. Where does that top layer under a house go? Do they scrape it off and take it somewhere? Is it sifted? Is it just covered over with new sand and top? Is this stuff lost to land fills? It there no hope of finding that top 12" that used to lay under the floor boards of an old no-basement home? I've detected farm fields and plotted my finds only to see that the tractors had spread the home site all over the place over years of plowing.

I have the same question for roads. History has shown that many roads are placed right over old wagon trails. Do they scrape off these top layers that would contain coins or jewelry and dump it next to the road? Or is it broken up, packed down, and paved over? Are tops returned to gravel companies for sorting and reuse?

Perhaps this is something that has changed over the decades as we became more environmentally conscious?

Ultimately I'm hoping for a better understanding of where I would statistically have the best luck when detecting an old home site or road. Or find out if there is a concentration somewhere.

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Old 07-05-2020, 08:08 PM   #2
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There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Some ex-home sites are left untouched. Some may be completely dug up to several feet down, even below the footings. Others may be buried under additional fill.
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If it's a demo site, we'll pull all the soil that has been disturbed, and fill with engineered backfill.
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Seven delta so what do you do with the disturbed that you remove? Does it get sifted or thrown in a home somewhere or what?
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Usually what's cheapest that fits the bill is what happens.

A lot of topsoil and like material taken off a site goes to a storage area and gets sold to someone else. It may or may not get screened.

If a building burns or collapses, there is a lot of junk on the ground, so the top layer of soil may get pushed into the foundation hole, and the whole area covered over with topsoil from somewhere. A lot of times, that's done as part if regrading the site. I just left a official OSHA mine operation, and I bet the topsoil they're screening today was hauled in from a jobsite 5 or more years ago.

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Usually what's cheapest that fits the bill is what happens.

A lot of topsoil and like material taken off a site goes to a storage area and gets sold to someone else. It may or may not get screened.

If a building burns or collapses, there is a lot of junk on the ground, so the top layer of soil may get pushed into the foundation hole, and the whole area covered over with topsoil from somewhere. A lot of times, that's done as part if regrading the site. I just left a official OSHA mine operation, and I bet the topsoil they're screening today was hauled in from a jobsite 5 or more years ago.
You mean MSHA? they oversee mining operations

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You mean MSHA? they oversee mining operations

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Back in the days, when the wagons road the trails, people didn’t have a lot of coins (Which were very valuable back then) and jewelry to lose.

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