I'm in kentucky. I've got 530 feet I need to run a water line from the meter to my almost livable homestead (I'm moving there in a couple weeks, water or not). The water line needs to be 30inches deep here by code. The plumbing inspector needs to inspect the entire thing before it's covered up. Has anyone hand dug a trench like this before? Is it crazy to even think I could do it myself? The quotes I've gotten just for the excavation work are $1 per foot ($530) local guy $2 per foot ($1060) local guy and to rent a backhoe nearby $480 - $190 per day (2 days) plus $50 delivery each way Free - using my already paid for shovels and my back I've got the cash but I really, really don't want it to give it to someone to dig a long hole for me. Is it crazy to think I could dig a trench that deep and that long myself? How long would it take you? Thanks.