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Old 09-09-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Ive noticed about a 1 inch thick space going around the perimeter of the house outside. It is like separated from the yard


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Old 09-09-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Temple View Post
Ive noticed about a 1 inch thick space going around the perimeter of the house outside. It is like separated from the yard
Hey, there is a fellow in the thread before this one with almost the same name as your's that has the exact same problem that you do.

Have you had a lot of dry weather lately? If so that may be your problem.


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Old 09-09-2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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Where are you, Temple? An area that does not usually have drought conditions? This could lead to serious foundation problems. As much from shrinking soil under foundation as water running into crack and under it during rain. Black rubber soaker hose is needed. Run it all around your house, no closer than 6 inches to house. Buried in a shallow 3 to 6" trench will help hose last longer. Run water slowly so it barely seeps out, check B4 covering, you don't want water running under foundation thru that crack. Night time is best, run for couple to several hours, but dont let ground get muddy. You might have to do this several nights in a row, slowly. You want to moisten soil so it swells back against foundation. Once you get it back, check soil regularly. The precision screwdriver test, poke it in the ground, if comes out dry, water; if clinging bits of moist soil, fine; if muddy too wet, wait to water. Folks around here have the soakers on timers, we pretty much know the schedule, sometimes 2 hours a day. You can run hoses off more than one tap, put splitters with shut offs on taps so you keep soaker connected and can still use garden hose, some folks have install entirely seperate lines with timers just like lawn sprinkler sytem. Hose on ground will last about a year, buried I dunno at least 6 or so. UV breaks down rubber, don't be movin the hose more than you have too, kinks make weak spots that quickly break. One inch wide? That's nothin, we got some that we don't let the younguns near for fear they'll fall in and never be seen again.
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