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    Administrator Cebby's Avatar
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    Gotta do a french drain...

    And it's somewhere that I can't get equipment...

    My house is 3 - 4 feet from my neighbor on one side (nobody on the other). My town has zero setback lot lines all over the place - my house is circa 1922.

    Anyway, all the water for 1/4 of each of our houses empties into this area - plus , my nitwit neighbor did a french drain behind her house and has it emptying into this area (the hack that did it doesn't know what he's doing). During a hard rain, I get water coming through my fieldstone foundation because of this.

    I've done french drains out in the open before, but not in a confined space such as this. I've got the 3 - 4 feet wide by roughly 35 feet long that I need to get the water out of. After it's through this area, it only has grass hillside to go down before going across my sidewalk. I figured I'd do some sort of catch basin full of gravel (can't remember the term for it) at the end of the french drain. Don't know how big/deep to make this.

    I've always used 4" pipe (perf top/solid bottom), but am thinking this area gets so much water that I need a bigger pipe?

    Anyone have some words of wisdom?
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I think you are speaking of a leech field.

    As for size, the larger the better. Figure that you will need enough space to contain all the water you want to move there.

    As for pipe, I would go with a 4" but if you feel it is not enough, I would go with 2 4" as opposed to a single larger. This way, you could bring the water into 2 spots in the leech field instead of trying to dump it all into one spot.

    By the way, it is actually illegal for your neighbor to channel water toward your property. I would tell the neighbor to fix their french drain so you don't need one.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I agree with Glen on your neighbor. If he does not want to fix it I would contact the county inspector on it.

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    I never really cared for the French......
    If it wasn't for the last minute I wouldn't get anything done

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    The French are incredibly intelligent. I took the liberty of calling a French Engineering company concerning your troubles, Cebby. They immediately sent me this "how-to" video:

    http://www.koreus.com/video/saut-fauteuil.html

    Scott
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Great video.
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    No comment from Cebby..... ?

    I guess he found the instructional video helpful?

    Scott
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Quote Originally Posted by MXtras View Post
    No comment from Cebby..... ?

    I guess he found the instructional video helpful?

    Scott
    I broke a rib following the video instructions. I'm laid up for a while now...
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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Good to see you were paying attention....

    What's the word on the nappy headed drain?

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    Re: Gotta do a french drain...

    Confronting her about this drain isn't a good idea. Her son is well....different. Pretty much unpredictable - I steer clear these days...

    You are gonna love these pics. The crap between the houses belongs to her son (who lives about a block away). Notice the unpainted side of her house. That's her way of assuring that her home assessment for taxes stays low - I've been looking at that for 12 years...

    Between the houses


    Her french drain - the gravel is where it ends. It curves from in front of her basement doors.




    A patch of concrete from a left over project of hers - hopefully not too thick.


    From the front - my house is on the left in this pic


    Down to the sidewalk out front
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