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Old 06-06-2017, 12:11 PM   #1
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I have decided that I need a French drain at the end of my asphalt walkway because all of the water runs down the walkway and off the end. From there it flows at an angle towards the house and hits the retaining wall for my flower beds and washes away all the dirt in the process. The walkway is 60" wide and I'd like some ideas of what sort of drain box I should use. I've looked at the long skinny drains (5"×40") designed for driveways and such but I'm not so sure it would work set in dirt. I've seen the 12x12 boxes also but I'd need more than one for my situation. Any other options I'm not seeing?

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Old 06-06-2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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Ayuh,.... Where ya gonna drain it too,..??

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My house faces north and the yard slopes southeast. I will drain it underground to the woods on the east side to the same area that my gutters drain too. I plan to dig a trench which isn't to far (maybe 50 feet) from the woods for the pipe. I'll post a picture of the end of the walkway that's currently dirt with gravel mixed in.
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I took this during a rain storm yesterday. It's not the best. The water runs off in an area about 24" wide which I think is visible in the picture.
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I'm not exactly clear from that photo, but sort of have an idea of what you are describing. I can't envision one of those shallow trenches staying put for very long in just dirt, so seems like a 12"x12"x12" or something there about would be the most logical approach. Two of them if you think you need it to due to the width of the sidewalk, but, volume-wise, a 4" or even 6" pipe is only going to pass so much at one time, so no reason to go overboard as far as the open grated area because it's going to back up at that point regardless if you had that much of a downpour. Do you have enough natural rolls in your yard that you could work in a depression, miniature ditch that would route the water in the direction you want it without a basin or pipe?
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The yard slopes pretty steep from the point past the walkway. No rolls just a steep decline towards the back where it eventually stops at a small stream. My main concern is to reroute the water while not affecting my ability to freely mow over the area.
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Another idea I had was to dig a small ditch from the end of the walkway to about 2 feet away and put a drain basin at the end of that. Then put sod down in that area since its been just dirt and gravel mix for so long now. I think grass seed wouldn't do to we'll there being that it gets heavy kid feet traffic along with flow of water right there during rain.
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Here are some better pictures. I started a trench and had the hose going just to see where the water would go. Looks like if I put the drain close to where that dirt clog and leaf are at the majority of the water from the walkway will be collected and diverted to the woods like I want.
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