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  1. J

    How far down from the shingles should the gutter be?

    Yes, looking for how close the initial run should be to the shingles.
  2. J

    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...
  3. J

    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...
  4. J

    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...
  5. J

    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...
  6. J

    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...
  7. J

    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.
  8. J

    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...
  9. J

    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...
  10. J

    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...
  11. J

    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...
  12. J

    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...
  13. J

    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...
  14. J

    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...
  15. J

    Ramp for an older dog for a small porch?

    Just for the dog. I'll have to get exact measurements tomorrow. That's maybe 3 feet or a little more between the railing and the house.
  16. J

    Ramp for an older dog for a small porch?

    I could use some help with suggestions for some type of ramp. I have an 11 year (pushing 80 in dog years) old Labrador/Chow mix. She's not very tall. Her legs are about maybe 12-14 inches tall. She has made it up and down the 2 steps on the porch for all of this time, but she seems to possibly...
  17. J

    Critter hole in corner of house?

    I have since covered that hole in the V from the inside of the attic with a couple of small pieces of plywood custom cut to fit it. I screwed outward from the inside and through the fascia board, which should have kind of pulled the bottom part of the fascia back towards the house a little bit...
  18. J

    Critter hole in corner of house?

    Alright, so I pulled that front corner board off from the house. I see some weird stuff, like where they basically broke a brick halfway into (roughly, at that) and backed it away from the corner. I understand that would have needed to go up with the brick to form the point of the house, but...
  19. J

    Critter hole in corner of house?

    Up near the upside-down V area, I tore down the paneling and such inside of the house and I see where a squirrel has chewed on either board in the V area above the eave vent as a way to get into the attic. This is in addition to the other areas where I have found that I believe to be holes, but...
  20. J

    Critter hole in corner of house?

    Most of that has literally fallen off anyway. I threw away the pieces that fell because they were very old. There is very little remaining. What kind of problems can that cause?
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