My husband and I are currently adding outside living space to our house. We are in the process of adding a multi level deck and a patio. In digging the post holes, which have to be 42" deep, my husband is using an auger with an 8" blade. My part of the project is to remove the dirt from the holes as he moves around the other 14 holes that need to be dug out. At first I was using a "post hole" digger to get the dirt out of the hole. After a couple hours, I thought there must be an easier way to get the dirt/clay out of the hole. I always noticed the shop vac in the garage, and never gave it much thought, as I generally don't use it. I started to use the shop vac to suction out the dirt. What a diffence this made, as my husband would stop at one hole at a certain depth, I would take out the dirt/clay and he would have a clean starting point again. Just thought I would share this tip, if there is anyone else out there putting up a deck or fence. Has done a patio with stamped concrete? Just wondering if that is better than pavers. Any other shortcuts or tips for outdoor living spaces?