I was digging a large trench for some arborvitae last night, and the end result looked very much like a shallow grave. It got me to wondering, how long would it take a reasonably healthy, able-bodied person to dig a regulation grave by hand? I had a shovel and a pickaxe with one flat end, and it was hard work to get to where I dug.
So, here is the question - you are a summer intern for Sam and Dean Winchester, and they need you to dig a grave for them while they are off slaying a demon. You have a shovel and the pickaxe, and your ground is relatively soft, not hard packed clay. (I’m in Oregon, near a farming region, for reference.)
How long to dig a 6 foot deep grave by yourself?
I would say at least a full 8 hours… In TV shows, it usually seems to be a few hour job, and the diggers aren’t completely wiped out when they are done, and I just can’t believe that to be realistic.