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  1. J

    Need advice for installing 5 foot chain link fence

    I've never installed chain link before. I need an approximate 130 foot run or so (I did an approximate measurement because I'm doing it in 50 foot section anyway at varying times). I've got an old rusty fence of an odd design that has various bushes/trees that have grown up into the fence itself...
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    How far down from the shingles should the gutter be?

    Yes, looking for how close the initial run should be to the shingles.
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    What are all of the methods for measuring ground water levels?

    Just wondering what all of the options are for the average Joe. In the past, Neal and I have discussed a means of using a PVC pipe with markings that was somehow in the ground or in an open hole in the ground or something like that. I have read where some people say to just dig a hole x feet...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    I'm not going to have a company do the work, but I checked with a couple of pro's to get their opinion and have a peek. I'm told that's an odd thing to have happen and nobody knows what in the world is going on with it. Even with the crawlspace dug out, that's more than just ground seepage...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    Alright, I'm good to go for a dig on Friday with decent weather. So realistically speaking...if I dig down to try to find what I think should be this open water hole running underground and see if I can follow it to its source...is it reasonable for me to assume that I might find an open hole...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    I'm also wondering about the previous owners of the house. They had a tendency to rig things and do stuff in an odd way. The washing machine drain pipe joins the bathroom sink drain pipe and runs out separately from the toilet/tub/kitchen sink pipe to the clay sewer pipe in the yard. That pipe...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    I never thought I'd come across someone who willingly wants to do the exact same thing that we have in this nightmare crawlspace. I found this little gem yesterday: https://www.diychatroom.com/f19/water-crawlspace-dug-out-too-close-foundation-how-fix-build-wall-44655/ Apparently someone dug...
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    Is this termite poop?

    I'm going to go with bird seed, as well. No clue where it could have come from, but doesn't look like it is from termites. I see grains/cereals and what looks to be even black sunflower seeds.
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    We had a lot of rain a couple of weeks ago and not really much rain lately. It started raining yesterday around 6 or 7pm and stopped around 3am. Over that time, we got 1.28 inches of rain and that triggered the pump (and flow from that water hole) at 2am. That's a ridiculously low amount of...
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    How feasible is it for an old sewer drain to leak city storm water?

    I'm curious how common this is and what would actually need to be wrong (if anything) on the city-side of plumbing for storm water to back up into residential sewer pipes at ground level. I suspect a 6-8 foot cast iron pipe section extends from the back of the house at an angle and joins a...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    Did you ever look for the source or find any holes or anything? I'm kind of curious what I would find if I dug up this larger hole in the video, for instance. I would guesstimate that's about 2.5 feet under the outside ground level and it looks like it is falling downwards from the left side...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    Update 1/4/2019: So I went down to the crawlspace this morning for a thorough examination. It has been raining for many days. We just had a soaking front pass through and then another one came after that. Had a flood watch this morning and some light flash flooding between yards in the...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    I have poked around in the dirt inside of the wall area and there typically is 2-3 inches of dirt and then I hit the thick concrete slab underneath that the wall itself is sitting on. So yes, mud has washed in over the decades, probably from the back side of that wall where the open spaces are...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    (Continued Part 2) I'm definitely not digging 6-7 feet all the way around the house and installing some odd underground drains. I'm not even sure that they would work very well. I would like to just concrete around the bottom and sides of the existing makeshift sump hole that they have with...
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    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    It has been a long time, but I'm back again. Started a new career since my last posts, so some things got put on hold. Small 2 bedroom 1 bath house built in 1950. Raised rubblestone foundation that sits above the ground, so no underground foundation. It has a dirt crawlspace. My parents bought...
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