Thanks, some great tips. I figure 5 feet is not so dangerous. I imagine working with a guy in the ditch and guy on the mini ex is more dangerous.
It is calling for bits of rain everyday for the next week, so even the rental guy suggested i wait to it is dry.
I've taken the old cladding off. Man that stuff is expensive new, like $5 a sq foot. I think i should use hardie board. i can run it right down to the weeping tile as the final protector for the polystyrene. only $1.25 a sq foot.
I am planning,
1) Pressure wash.
2) hydrological cement any cracks.
3) Rubberize water poof paint
4) 2.5" of foam glues on and the bottom edge
5) Plastic wrap
6) Hardie board all the way up to the vinyl siding. I wonder how i can attach the seams? Tuck tape everything i guess. Should stay one by the soil pressure.
7) then install the weeping pipes. Get ready for gutter drain pipes.
8) Order gravel
9) Get mini ex again or other type
10) Back fill half way then install gutter drains.
11) adjust grading so equal around entire house.
12) Layer of landscape fabric
13) Put 24x24" patio tiles on front and back so snow can be easily removed in winter.
14) fill edges with sand
That will be 20k sir! In reality it will probably only increase the property value 5-10k. See why working for other people is better than yourself.