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Old 04-11-2012, 10:33 PM   #16
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Again, I'm no expert but I think a drain is neccessary. I'd try it all the way around but its hard to tell from the pic where it could drain to

Its your taste preference, but I like a natural look so I'd use river rock. They are about fist size or smaller and a greyish natural colour. White or pink quartz is not for me, but you're going for a more zen look. Drive around a subdivision and see what catches your eye
I'd love to find more rock like you see as the border in that picture for sale. I have TONS of them on my property but it kills my back to to rock hunting ya know? LOL

Fantastic idea to drive around my neighborhood.

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Just get it over with a buy a bag or two at the nursery. Then you will see lots of choices. Place a length of landscape fabric down first to keep them from sinking into the ground
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:34 AM   #18
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Looks like I can't start digging until next week sometime. I called 811 and they're sending out the utilities to survey and mark their territories but it will take some time. Sigh... It sucks waiting when you are pumped up to work but I feel I did the right thing.
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Well gee Mr Guy how far down were you planning on going? If you are waiting for locates then it sounds like you're planning to install a weeping system. Hopefully its already in place.

Heres what I would do: By shovel of course dig down 6 or so inches below the bricks which look almost all exposed anyway. Throw in a couple inches of rounded drainage stones. Place sock covered corregated pipe in all along the length and turn it out at the porch following the perimeter. Add more stones on the sides and top. Its difficult to tell what is beyond the porch. If it was possible I'd bury the pipe along the front of that porch and daylight it further down and away from the house. Add your landscape cloth if you wish. Then your decorative river rocks. I think its important that its daylighted at both ends. Don't forget to buy the end caps.
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I'll go snap a pic of what I installed last summer...works like a charm
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Well gee Mr Guy how far down were you planning on going? If you are waiting for locates then it sounds like you're planning to install a weeping system. Hopefully its already in place.

Heres what I would do: By shovel of course dig down 6 or so inches below the bricks which look almost all exposed anyway. Throw in a couple inches of rounded drainage stones. Place sock covered corregated pipe in all along the length and turn it out at the porch following the perimeter. Add more stones on the sides and top. Its difficult to tell what is beyond the porch. If it was possible I'd bury the pipe along the front of that porch and daylight it further down and away from the house. Add your landscape cloth if you wish. Then your decorative river rocks. I think its important that its daylighted at both ends. Don't forget to buy the end caps.
lol... not planning more than 12" for the drain but the utilities are on that side of the house and I didn't want to take any chances After calling, I found out that I really didn't 'have' to call since I won't be doing 'mechanized' digging but rather using a shovel... go figure. Of course, I'm speaking of the left/high side so I can get the water out and away from the foundation.

What caps do you mean?
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I'll go snap a pic of what I installed last summer...works like a charm
Sweet. Thanks!
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And, I'll put up a pic of the house from further back to show what I'm dealing with overall.
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Ok I know its not what you are up against, but its the same principal and the function will be the same. I know its difficult to tell but in my case the swale in between the houses, coupled with the runoff from the hill and back field all slope toward my property, leaving it a big soggy mess.

So just under the stones is where the pipe begins, in fact its actually level with the neighbour I just really built it up.

The pipe runs 200ft into the ditch at the front and it gets progressively deeper.

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These are river rocks
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