The Trench

Our latest project has been a long one. The basement opens to the backyard in the back of our house, but is also a low spot where water collects, which destroys the siding and door frame (and eventually, the foundation) during freeze-thaw. We decided to dig out a trench and put in a french drain to redirect the water toward the vegetable garden.

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Over the course of a few weekends, we dug it out while our dogs enjoyed running through and jumping in and out of the trench. We encountered a few large rocks in our dig, and had to snake around them.

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Once it was dug out and graded, we lined it with lawn fabric and started to fill it in with gravel:

Cheeky the construction manager oversaw the progress:

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Then we put the perforated pipe in, added more gravel and wrapped the lawn fabric over it like a burrito.img_0762

And finally, filling the top with more gravel:

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Now we just need to clean up that mess before the snow covers it up!

 

 

 

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