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Monday, April 27, 2009

A LITTLE ELBOW GREASE...AND VOILA'!!!

I had major improvements done to my house in 2001. I had my house raised (on jacks) and a new foundation put in, new windows, roof, siding and a new bathroom. I have posted here before about still getting water in my basement, but that is mostly attributed to the drain backing up (by someones actions), causing problems.

The downspout in the front of the house was never done properly, as it ties in to another spout in the front also. It's hard to explain, but when one hires an idiot, one gets what they pay for!! That would be me!

This is the 28" piece of 4" PVC pipe I cut and placed today. Now, the rain will empty into the standpipe as it is supposed to. Previously, there were 2 pieces put together, but were actually too short to reach into the standpipe, and the rainwater would beat against the foundation. This is not a good thing. the only remaining problem, is that this downspout ties into one on the other side of the front porch, and the piece that extends underneath the porch is "hooved" up in the center, not allowing the water to get over into this newly fixed part to drain.

I am not going to get into the expense of removing the front porch to fix that problem at this time. So I have actually corrected a problem - at least 50% of the problem.

But I digress a little. I couldn't buy the length of pipe necessary, so I had to purchase a five foot pipe. I DON'T OWN A DECENT SAW - which could be considered problematic. Aha, I do own a rusty hacksaw, that has been sitting out in the weather, because someone never put it back in its proper place.

Not being super strong, I managed to get the pipe cut in two sessions, probably 15 minutes total time. I am proud of my accomplishment. Not bad for a very hot day, I would say. Now, I can kick back for a short while, and wait for thegrandson to get home from school.

Oh....here are the two pieces I removed, which served no purpose at all.


My arms are tired now - getting old definitely sucks balls. So behave and enjoy the moment...later..............

5 comments:

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Nothing like the feeling of accomplishing something by yourself. Way to go! Now all you have to do is crawl under the porch and fix that other pipe :)

Kulkuri said...

Good job!! Can you raise the other end of the one that goes under the porch?? Maybe cut the other downspout and raise and glue it back together with a coupling.

Lemmy Caution said...

Good work! I'm worthless for jobs like this around the house. Now I know who to call when I need my taxes done and some drainage work!

Liberality said...

Good job. And nice work with the handsaw!

slyght said...

if i ever make it back stateside, i'll crawl under there and fix the crossover pipe. but it'll have to be pre-bar. love ya.