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Old 04-11-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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I need to improve the grade around my house. I might have a challenge in my backyard with my newly installed interlocking stones, but definitely the front and one side of my house have poor grades.

The side is extremely flat and is currently covered with crushed stones. My question is, could I just used more crushed stone to create the slope along the side.

i want my slope going out about 4 ft away, so i need roughly 4 inches high on the wall. I dont mind doing the labour, but just wanted to know the best material to whisk away the water or rain from the foundation.

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for the front of the house, i am replacing the existing entrance and will be improving the grade myself with gravel a and limestone and the fix the sunken spots on my lawn with soil.

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You can not use stone to solve the problem. You will have to remove the stone and slope the dirt away from the foundation and then put the stone back if that is what you want there.
Be care full not to slope the water on to your neighbors property because you might be responsible for any problems it causes.

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thanx - what do i put (what material) to improve/make the slope? and the slope alone would draw water away? i would figure that the material would continue to absorb it downwards.

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thanx - what do i put (what material) to improve/make the slope? and the slope alone would draw water away? i would figure that the material would continue to absorb it downwards.
Ayuh,.... High clay content sub-soils will shed water, rather than letin' it soak through like stone,...
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available at HD or Lowes - or do i need to go to a speciality store. i have been doing some reading...

some claim that sandy soil is better because it compacts better.
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some claim that sandy soil is better because it compacts better.

Sand without the clay will not stop the water from going through it. I don't know where to get clay. What is wrong with the soil there now? You could use almost any compactable, soil/fill dirt.
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nothing is wrong with the current state, its just that its flat. so i need to build a slope.
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I mean type of soil. Couldn't you take it from 4' away and move it closer to foundation. The red line is how it is now the brown is after you moved it.
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ah.... mmm... i gotta put my rocks somewhere
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Be careful not to slope the water onto your neighbors property because you might be responsible for any problems it causes.


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