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Old 09-27-2009, 07:38 AM   #31
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you did make certain the drain worked 1st, right ? ? ?

now to finish the job, excavate the exterior wall sides & coat them w/thoroseal ( or similar product ),,, better yet, use an asphaltic-based roofing cement & cover the trowel'd on coating w/miradrai,,, that will prevent moisture/water/soil acids from infiltrating the wall or attacking the cement's lime &, eventually, rotting the block.

NEVER sign your work so you can always blame someone else

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Thanks, wow that took me a year you are right! Yes, signed and dated it on the bottom step.
How does the water drain again? Is it piped out?

If not, what do you do when it rains and the bottom fills up with water?
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:55 PM   #33
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I dug a hole about 3 feet deep and filled it with crushed stone. It never floods in the stairwell - just rainwater which the drain seems to handle well. The old one wasnt built correctly - the water just drained into a hole with about 2 inches of rock and then dirt (it was all for show). Installling a pipe to bring the water away from the house might have been a good idea but I think given the amount of water I get I dont think I needed it for this job.

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