Drains And Staking

Today wasn’t full of much action. The day started off rainy and it being a holiday made the weekend activity go by fairly slowly. I did have opportunity to install some of the drain connections to prepare for the pipe runs. For the pipe that was buried at the beginning of the dig that runs off the hill, we plan to tie in the basement drain, french drains and downspouts.

     The lowest drain of the three is the basement drain. It will be flush with the concrete floor in the basement. In order for this to happen, I need to come straight up through the gravel base and the 4″ concrete pad. When first purchasing a floor drain, I grabbed a hefty one that was meant to connect to scheduled 40 pipe (its all they had for large floor drains) and bought the reducer from sch. 40 to 35 in order to connect to the existing pipe. This posed a problem in the end, though. With all of the fittings, I was 4 inches higher than I needed to be. So I made a return trip to Ace and purchased a small 4″ drain that fits into the inside of sch. 35 pipe with a super tight fit. (It worked out well because the second drain was about 12 bucks cheaper.)

     The only downside I believe it will pose is that it will be very difficult to remove the grate to clean out the pipe. But it could be done. Make sure that all of your drains are sloped to encourage water to leave your home instead of entering it.

The second drain to tie in will be the french drains. Seeing as these will be on top of the gravel base that sits 8 inches thick, I created a Y to tie into the french drains once they were in place. I left it oversize so it could be cut to length and fit at the appropriate time. I also placed a pipe coming straight up out of a T in order to connect the downspouts later on. I made sure the pipe went high enough to clear the ground even after the surrounding landscaping was done. This way it wouldn’t take much at all to dig a bit and make a clean connection.

     The rest of the day was spent staking out the house. I didn’t have fancy equipment, so I resorted to Pythagorean’s theorem. To keep from boring you with math, if you’re trying to find square while staking out any site, measure 6 ft along one section of the string and place a temporary stake. Then measure 8 ft along the other string and place another temporary stake. Measure the distance between the two temporary stakes and the distance should be 10 ft. If it’s not, adjust one side until it is. Then you have a square corner.

     Once all stakes were placed, we called it a day. Next step will be a crusher run gravel base. There’s been some major changes in the design and foundation construction which I’ll explain in the next blog.

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