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tomz71ss

10:38AM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
ok, don't get excited, i haven't done anymore yet due to other things going on, BUT, i'm happy to say the 'water level' in the trench is now remaining constant- as in making it to the sump hole [we've had a bit of moisture in the form of rain/snow-melt]. i hope to be back at it soon and get it 'buttoned up'.

that and i wanted to add something here so i don't lose track of where this went...........

t

cellarwater

06:57PM | 01/21/05
Member Since: 12/09/03
178 lifetime posts
Hows the drain project going? We haven't heard. Hope you're O.K. Post soon! C.

tomz71ss

03:47AM | 01/23/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
still in a holding pattern. wife had to have a hysterectomy on 1/5/05. since then my household duties have increased quite a bit, so the cellar project has been put on hold for now. i must say though, i can't wait to get it done. i hate looking at the mess i have down there everytime i go down there to do laundry. water wise, it still looks good, floor is dried out, along with all the junk i took out of the trench so i think getting it 'back together' will go quite smooth and finish up easily.

t

tomz71ss

03:04PM | 03/03/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
got involved in another project between things, but as soon as that's done, i'll be back to the cellar...

latest project... http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Miscellaneous/4343/4343/flat-page1.html#4377

since my last post on this, we went thru the holidays, then my wife had to have a hysterectomy, then my unplanned project happened, so it's been quite a hectic year so far.

t

tomz71ss

12:08PM | 04/09/06
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
oh yeah, ball of fire i am, hahaha.

well, after MUCH time spent doing a million other things, i got back to my drainage issue [pretty fast, huh??]

anyway, good news is, i let the rock i dug out sit long enough it cleaned itself [amazing pile of dust left over after it all dried out].

ok, here is the update. i bought some 4" pipe with the holes in it, a couple of elbows, some 45 degree 'T' sections and a couple of rubber caps. i set the lenghts of pipe in the trench i had 'excavated', put in a 90 degree T to replace the cobbed in T [and made a house of sorts around it to keep drain rock from falling into the T - my own well engineered cobb job- wink], and set it all so i had a 1/4 bubble off level on a 4' level thru the whole run. i then refilled the trench with my 'self cleaning' rocks. while cleaning up the rest of my mess today finally [did i mention how fast i did this project?], i figured i'd 'pop' the caps off and see how i was doing. at first glance, both 'flush points' looked to be bone dry- yet i had good flow at the sump hole [scratch head here and look confused], upon further investigation i found the water to be flowing like a champ from start to finish! there is a bit of sediment at the bottom of the pipe, but the water is running clear [that's what threw me, so i 'stirred' the sediment, and saw the flow].

i have yet to 'concrete' over the trench, as i wanted to wait to see what was going to happen over time. i must say i think i 'got it' [big smile here], and in the next few weeks, i'll cover it up with concrete to finish it off.

i probably should have dug the whole thing out deeper, but i think what i have done will work ok, especially with the smooth pipe, rather than that convoluted junk. i also installed 2 flush points, one at the beginning of the run, and one 1/2 way thru, so periodically i can flush it all down the line, but i think now that i have a consistant 'downward' flow [rather than the rollercoaster path i had], it may not load up like it used to.

once completely done, i'll post up a pic or two.

thanks again to all that contributed to my dilema, you were all a huge help!

also, it seems like since i started this i did 20 other 'projects' that were higher up on the priority list......

thanks again, and look for pics of the 'finished product' in a week or two...

t

k2

12:13PM | 04/09/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
1248 lifetime posts
Thanks for the update, TomZ!

I, too, have about 100 things going on and have been very distracted! I am lucky if I can even get to the MISC forum from time to time!

Anyway, good hearing from you and keep up the good work :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

Moderator, Miscellaneous Forum

http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Miscellaneous

tomz71ss

12:26PM | 04/09/06
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
i figured at this point, you folks thought i floated away....hahaha....

cellarwater

11:15AM | 05/13/06
Member Since: 12/09/03
178 lifetime posts
Glad to know it works well. That stone is sold in 50 pound or so bags. Fill the excavation with the stone, till there's 2 inches depth below the floor and smooth the wet cement over that. C.
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