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Ah, something good from France, a drain.
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Rickstir    Posted 12-17-2004 at 09:36:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every hear of French Drain? I hadn't until this spring.

We have a gravel road leading down to the house, it's about 50 yards in length. Everytime it rained, water would flow down and practically flood the yard. A neighbor suggested a French drain.

We had a guy with a backhoe, dig a 2 foot wide trench, 3 feet deep all the way across the driveway. He put some plastice drainage pipe in the bottom and filled the trench with 2 inch minus rock. The drain pipe was feed all the way through the yard and out down the hill. We connected the drainage from 2 down spouts and the drain for the root celler into other drain pipe and ran them in the same trench.

Now when it rains you can see the water coming down the hill, and it just disapears right at the spot where the drain is. The backyard stays dry except for whatever falls right there.

Our life is much easier thanks to French drain.

bob ny    Posted 12-17-2004 at 13:44:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have one that runs around three sides of the house with each end open we have several springs in the back it works well except when it rains a long time we hear voices speaking a strange language

Zenia    Posted 12-17-2004 at 10:22:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was about to put one around my house, but the home inspector said a French drain is like a French kiss - slow and wet (Gag!)

I used to have a great website bookmarked showing step-by-step installation of a French drin, but I lost it. They are great for many applications but would have backed up on my barely sloped lot with pure clay soil. I have a traditional drainage system now that works great (knock wood).

Zenia    Posted 12-17-2004 at 10:36:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scuze the misspellings. Actully, my soil is not pure clay, it's clay with a Russett potato sized rock in just about every shovel full. Makes gardening fun.

Speaking of gardening - way OT but my tomatoes last year were kind of mushy and flavorless. I live east of Sacramento, CA and tomatoes should grow very well here. Hot hot mediterranean type summers. I planted them in an area where I had added a couple of yards of organic/ mushroom compost. Anything I can do now, to get the soil ready for next year? Key to better tomatoes? I let an awful lot of them go to seed/ rot in the soil so I know if I tilled I will get plenty of volunteers returning. Should I just give up on them, and start over? Maybe find some heirloom plants? I am hoping that I can grow the volunteers, but get better flavor. Only one of about 7 plants had really good flavor.

RN    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:25:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soil test for PH- might need a bit of lime or wood ash. Mushroom compost? You mean horse stable sweepings well aged? Good to fluff up clay soil, not the strongest plant food, mushrooms decrease nutrient level. I have had good luck with sheep and chicken litter in raised beds. get soil test. RN.

cpugh    Posted 12-17-2004 at 10:58:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would pull a soil sample to see if you need to add any nutrients to the soil. I know you can go through the Cooperative Extension to get the information, well in North Carolina you can.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-17-2004 at 09:41:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are used extensively here...

Similar to a farmer 'tiling' a field...

Salmoneye    Posted 12-17-2004 at 10:47:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is what I was refering to when I said 'tiling' a field...

BTW...'Traditional' French Drains use no pipe, and only rely on buried gravel to act as the water conduit...

Les    Posted 12-17-2004 at 09:56:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope nobody gets the French disease from it.

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