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Old 04-25-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I need to break through our sidewalk to install some underground gutters. I had originally planned on using a wet saw followed by a jackhammer or something similar. How would you do it?

I was consider drilling a bunch of holes with a hammer drill and then using a sledge as an alternative. I also have an air hammer/chisel but I'm not sure if that's powerful enough to do anything at all?

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Why not just go under it?

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Old 04-25-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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Good idea.

I'm actually doing two separate areas, one area by the porch I may be able to go right under.
The other area is right next to the house, and that portion of the sidewalk runs right up next to the house. So digging under wouldn't really work unless I smashed a hole through the concrete to slip the downspout into first
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Sure underground gutters are legal where you are? Couldn't get away with them most places I lived because of load they place on sewer system. In Chicago those existing had to be disconnected. Many municipalities have adopted similar ordinances. Sure underground gutters are your best option?
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I'm quite sure as I've seen other drains directed to the street in the area. Of course I'll check with building & zoning before I lay down any pipe just to be sure (that would be a PITA to dig up again).

On another topic I have played around with the idea of using a dry well with a pop-up drain placed somewhere in the yard. And as I've already dug a relatively large hole (a failed doggy dooley attempt) and have a lot of old bricks (which I could crush some to fill that hole a bit), I was thinking maybe that would be a (better?) alternative to draining to the street (regardless of legality).

Any input on dry wells vs underground downspouts?
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Any input on dry wells vs underground downspouts?
Check that they are allowed as well. Again, not in most places I have lived. Sewer and ground water contamination are the cited issues.

Any way grading changes could help? Careful not to flood your neighbors but not much to be said about you changing grade to improve drainage.
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