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Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, United States

A semi-gruntled corporate reliability engineer trying to make ends meet while keeping my wife happy, and myself out of the asylum.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

There. I fixed it.

I spent the early part of this morning trying to figure out how I was going to get the front yard to drain away from the porch. The working criteria I had was, Spend less than $50, it has to work 100% of the time automatically, and it can't cause other problems.

Since I have DEMCO as my occasional electricity provider, an electric pump didn't satisfy the above criteria. Installing a French drain system would be over budget and installing a lip on the porch would work, but would not allow water out if any got in.

So I stared at the front of the house for a while and decided to get a hose and let water and gravity show me my problem.

I started the water running and watched what happened. I made the assumption, (correctly as it turned out), that the slab is actually fairly level, so that showed me that I have a decent slope off the the south along the front of the house.

As the water started to pool, I started cutting through the high spots until it pooled again and showed me another high spot. After I got the water flowing away from the house, I looked at how much the sod had over the years, with the assistance of some aggressive fire ants, risen across the front drain field.

I then decided to start stripping the drain field to get the path regraded properly.

Here is the semi-finished product after about a dozen wheelbarrows of mud and sod dumped into the open pit.

The St. Augustine should retake it this spring and then it should start looking a bit better, but now I have at least 2" of clearance on the porch opening when the water is flowing all the way to the driveway.





Anonymous Perry Rose said...

That works. Simple is good. Your in the photos too.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Sweet Pea said...

Neato! Just don't step in it!

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Perry Rose said...

You may need a puppy ramp off the bridge.

8:46 AM  

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