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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    about 4-5' with 3 yards of gravel

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Can I put dirt and grass over top of the drywell? It will be in a very visible area - I'd hate for it to be a sea of gravel.

    I can leave the gravel exposed in between the houses though - no problem.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I think you can cap it with grass. I did a 150' long drain like this for my boss at his mansion - it ran down the length of his garage and out into his back yard to a drainage ditch. It was capped with that landscaping fabric mesh shtuff and then a couple of inches of soil and then grass. It was left a bit lower than the surrounding area - that's what he wanted.

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Cebby: Yes you can top it with grass. We had one years ago when we lived in Miami and that had grass on it. It was the greenish grass in the entire neighbor hood.

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    OK, seems I've seen both ways discussed...

    French Drain Pipe Holes

    Pointing Up or Pointing Down

    Seems pointing up would be best to carry the water out of the area (which is really what I'm shooting for). I've seen both illustrated on the web though.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Up in the area where you want to collect the water, down where you want to get rid of the water.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Yes you can cap off the the drywell with grass, just makesure to throw some landscape fabric over it to keep dirt out, also the holes point upwards. Have fun diggin'

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    90% done - had to go referee a flag football game before I could finish...

    Now I get to complete the gravel spreading in the rain (how appropriate).


    Pics:

    The concrete busting was grueling - layer after layer - also found all the old bricks and lumps of coal that the boro must have been missing...





    My helper (Dad) - where he's standing was also concrrete:



    Here you can see the end of my dumbshit neighbor's french drain. We guessed that the reason it stopped here is because he encounted some rocks in the soil and wasn't interested in the extra work to extend it... If you are noticing that her drain goes up at the end, you'd be seeing that correctly.



    Tight quarters (41" betwen the houses):



    Did I mention that I have my gas meters (was a converted to a duplex before I bought) in this area?



    Checking the depth.



    Drywell isn't all that big - we had roots and the gas line to contend with - better than nothing though...



    Solid for the gutters and perf for the french drain.



    Trench dug, plastic down (got that tip from TOH) with a gravel bed.



    Here you can see the gutter connections as well as where I connected to her existing drain (with a "Y" so I can add to it at the back of my house)



    Then more helpers arrived from school



    They were good at filling wheelbarrows until they lost interest.



    IT WORKS!!! (blasting water down through it with a hose)

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Well, the light rain turned into a torrential downpour. Trial by fire...

    The drywell needs an outlet or two to take the water to the street - I'm thinking I need to get a pipe under the sidewalk somehow - any ideas?



    The "dry" well...



    The drain is definitely working - notice all the water in the channel with the pipes? The important thing - there was NO water in my basement!! Awesome!

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Nice to see it is working out for you Cebby.
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