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Old 08-27-2018, 09:31 AM   #16
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Ayuh,..... An inch fall per 10' of run will drain,.....

Pitch, from the foundation, to the fence, then an inch fall every 10 feet to where ever it's gotta go,.....

A lazer level would be Great,.... a string line, 'n string level can do the job though,.....
I have a 5 point laser level. Not sure if that's fancy enough for this job. I'm pretty new to using a laser level, so I don't know much about it aside from using it to frame walls, etc. I'll string it if I need to.
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I have a 5 point laser level. Not sure if that's fancy enough for this job. I'm pretty new to using a laser level, so I don't know much about it aside from using it to frame walls, etc. I'll string it if I need to.
Ayuh,..... So long as you can dig a swale that falls an inch every 10 feet, it really don't matter how ya get there,......

Probably easiest to drive a pin in at each end, 'n pull a string line, say 1' above finish grade,.....

It's easy to check yer depth as ya go with a tape measure,...
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I've graded the area with probably more of a slope than I need. Because of the fence, by the time I'm halfway to the front of the house, it turns into more a trench. I don't see any way around sending the water underground once it gets up to where the little tree is (which I'll remove). I was thinking a catch basin that could also take the water from the downspouts on that side. Then an underground drainage pipe that terminates in a tank and permeates into the front yard, or a pop-up emitter. I don't how the latter works, though. The other issue is that the gas line and water supply are on that side, so I can't go too deep. I know the gas line is about 18" deep just in front of the meter. I'm thinking a 9" catch basin is about as deep as I can go. A 12" would be pushing my luck. Any thoughts?
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I've graded the area with probably more of a slope than I need. Because of the fence, by the time I'm halfway to the front of the house, it turns into more a trench. I don't see any way around sending the water underground once it gets up to where the little tree is (which I'll remove). I was thinking a catch basin that could also take the water from the downspouts on that side. Then an underground drainage pipe that terminates in a tank and permeates into the front yard, or a pop-up emitter. I don't how the latter works, though. The other issue is that the gas line and water supply are on that side, so I can't go too deep. I know the gas line is about 18" deep just in front of the meter. I'm thinking a 9" catch basin is about as deep as I can go. A 12" would be pushing my luck. Any thoughts?
I would just follow the fence about level maybe 8" of gravel wrapped in fabric and lay the sod back down put plastic under rock beside the house.
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I would just follow the fence about level maybe 8" of gravel wrapped in fabric and lay the sod back down put plastic under rock beside the house.
Ok. So just create an easy place for the water to flow underground along the fence. On the side of the house, I did plan on laying the thickest plastic I can find at a big box. Then some river rock.
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