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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    A friend of mine recently did a French Drain, also know as a Nappy Headed Drain by Scott , and he used this slick little device that hooked to the end of the pipe and it pops up to let the water out, then closes back when the water stops flowing.

    He just lets it dump out on the side walk.

    I will see if I can get you more info.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    That sounds pretty cool!! Thanks!
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I suggest simply routing all of your downspouts directly into your neighbor's basement windows. This should eliminate most of the problems you are experiencing.

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Quote Originally Posted by MXtras View Post
    I suggest simply routing all of your downspouts directly into your neighbor's basement windows. This should eliminate most of the problems you are experiencing.

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Cebby,

    I talked with my buddy and he said that the parts (including the popup) all came from HD or Lowes.

    Here is what he said to me:

    I put together and installed the entire system myself. They sell the drain itself and the pop up all at Home Depot or Lowe's. In the back yard is a 7" square grate drain, and it's all connected with 4" corrogated pipe. 40' of the pipe is perforated with a sock, and the rest is straight pipe.
    If you can not find the popup at your local box store, let me know and I will just go to my local one and get more info for you.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Thanks Glenn - I haven't hit Lowes yet to see what all they have. Worst part of this will be digging in the close quarters...
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I think the worst part is digging. LOL!
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Sounds as if Glenn has you pretty well headed in the right direction, Cebby. I could only add: go big; if you dont think 4" will carry off all of the water, double it up. As to the digging, well, I don't think there is any easy way to do it, but to use the old "mexican backhoe". The use of catch basins or sumps, and plenty of gravel, 3/4" and larger, to assure good percolation, a decent slope toward the front walk, and you should be in fat city. Now, dealing with a nutso neighbor is another thing altogether; I wish you the best of good fortune, there.

    Regarding that video:

    ....broke a rib....
    That was the first thing I thought, when I watched it; ow!!! On the good side, it looks like they might be in a hospital corridor, so ----------!!
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    heres some inprogess pix of one from today, kinda like what you want to do all dug by hand, ties in gutters and a frech drain into a drywell.

    http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/b...ain-One/drain/

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Excellent pics!! How deep is the drywell? (that's the term I was thinking of previously - not leech field which I think refers to something with septic)
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