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post Feb 16 2020, 11:43 AM
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Sol 434: Looks like they've pinned the top of the mole next to the ribbon cable, risky but looks like they're setting up for a push...
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post Feb 16 2020, 07:44 PM
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Now THAT is what's known as a calculated risk. Fantastic work to set the scoop where it is, well done. A huge risk but with potentially huge rewards. Go for it!

"He who dares wins".

If the sand here is similar to a thin cooked layer over the top of a soufle, then maybe the scoop can follow the mole into the hole!?
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post Feb 18 2020, 07:48 PM
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Looks like they will try out pressing the backcap itself, i guess to get a handle on how it reacts, then fill the hole by scraping the adjacent soils into it and pressing on the soil to see if that works.
It appears retrying the backcap approach after the hole has been filled isn't the first approach on the list, implying they seem to think enough friction will be created in that configuration to simply press the soil and see if the hammering is enough. apparently they are reserving the risk of the holding-backcap approach for later.
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