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  1. Bob Pinkos
    August 28, 2016
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    fabric wrapped sock with peanuts won't keep clay particles out. Check for mfg tips when using in clay soil (they recommend using gravel in addition)

  2. Barry Lab
    September 12, 2016
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    The peanut sock covered pipes dont work. It worked for 2 years and then it got plugged. I had to re-do it the conventional way (solid perforated pvc pipe, covered with 3/4" net gravel wrapped around a geotextile tissue)

  3. LostInMySpace
    October 16, 2016
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    You fall short of showing people how to install against a foundation completely, and/or how to direct water from a downspout and away from the house, and what you put at the end of the line. Don't just talk about products, Roger. If you install a french drain, do not put soil on top of the stone drain system because the soil will eventually infiltrate into the stones and block the drainability of the stones. Always keep the air gap between the stones available for yet the next rain fall. Always enclose the stone system with landscape fabric to separate soil from stone to assure long term and predictable drainage. If you need to hide this system because it may look bad, then put a thin layer of wood mulch on top as you would your entire landscape, but then remember to remove the mulch on top of the drain system everytime you remulch the landscape so the mulch doesn't solidify and cause a water blockage to the drain system. If the drain system is behind an evergreen hedge, you won't see the landscape fabric from afar, and you could always use the dark brown landscape fabric which blends with dark mulch rather than the silver variety often times found at Home Depot and Lowe's.

  4. tube4waldek
    March 20, 2017
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    Water is a friend! Not enemy. Foolish blabber.

  5. Ian Cunningham
    April 9, 2017
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    Stay away from corrugated pipe. When they clay and you run a cleaner through it it shreds it

  6. Krampus
    April 28, 2017
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    Water is NOT the enemy. MNI WICONI! Bad drainage is the enemy. Let's focus, people.

  7. Jnzbad
    May 4, 2017
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    I live in Bend, Oregon and I am having a problem finding someone to help me with my issues, with my home. Any ideas?

  8. Richard stefanson
    May 20, 2017
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    You could use that WADDER to give the WABBITS A DWINK?LOL GOOD INFO

  9. A Burrage
    June 12, 2017
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    Great information. Thanks Logan for suggesting I watch this

  10. Ojb 1959
    June 25, 2017
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    Wata!

  11. Dave S
    July 17, 2017
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    wonder how much they soak you for a bag of peanuts and $5 worth of pipe. Gravel is available to everyone. You probably have a quarry within 10 miles of you.

  12. Nicholas Brown
    August 1, 2017
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    Hey This Old House – I have a house that's about 10 years old – we bought it December 2016. How do you find out what kind of solution was used when the house was built? Is it in the paperwork we got when we bought the house? Do I have to go to the city and ask? Please help as I don't want to just guess and dig everything up or put in a solution like this if there already is one and it's just failed and needs repaired!

  13. james McDowell
    August 19, 2017
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    haaa hahaha uhh the wadah isn't supposed to be the enemy.

  14. JBHTWIN10
    August 27, 2017
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    You'll need to put in a catch basin if your coming straight out of the gutters because the stuff off the roof will gather in a corrugated pipe and stop it up…

  15. George John
    August 27, 2017
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    I knew it, all these years the bastards have been trying to poison my perfectly good alcohol with wadder. See, wadder is the enemy.

  16. Rick S
    September 26, 2017
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    I dont think wire nuts are the correct fix. How about solder the wires and use shrink tubing

  17. paul sallee
    September 27, 2017
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  18. Tom Pendleton
    September 28, 2017
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    I perform waterproofing consultations in the Washington, DC metro area and my comments are pertinent for this area and probably most places with fairly high clay content soils.

    Surface water must be forced away from a house foundation in order to keep not only the basement dry, but also the crawlspace dry, and even the area beneath slab on grade when there is living space above. I have seen mold growing beneath sofas in houses with damp on-grade slabs. Where there are not super good draining soils, all foundations should be waterproofed, not just basement foundations.

    With most soils containing clay, disturbed earth does not compact on its own (as mother nature did it) for hundreds of years, and many disturbed soils remain porous for a hundred years or so.

    Realizing that, trenching for a French drain around a foundation and installing drain pipe often creates problems unless a waterproof membrane is used to line the trench before the drain system is installed. If not, the trench collects water as intended but much of the collected water seeps through the porous backfill and wets the foundation.

    The drain pipe should always outlet to daylight in soils that do not perk well, if at all possible. If the French drain is at or near the earth surface, it does not take much of a rain, or rains, to fill up most drywells in poor draining soil. Also, pop-ups at the top of drywells, or simply in the lawn, do not work well if they work at all. If you have enough downhill slope to create enough water pressure to push a dirty pop-up, you should have enough slope to have a day lighted pipe outlet. And, in the winter pop-ups freeze. If there is not enough slope for daylighting, you might consider a drywell with a sump inside.

    Underground drain pipes for downspouts have the above issues, plus a lot more because there is normally a much higher volume of water flow through the pipes. Just a bend in the drain pipe can cause enough water pressure to backup the water and cause the gutters to overflow. Often underground piping is undersized and not fully daylighted, resulting in gutter overflow from backup water pressure. Smooth pipe carries vastly more water that corrugated pipe, so use smooth and install cleanouts for clearing clogs. Besides the water pressure, alone, required to make a pop-up actually pop up, the volume of water that can pass through the fully opened pop-up we tested is way too small to not cause more backup water pressure, again causing water to overflow the gutters. Remember, overflowing gutters often cause wet basement.

  19. Tysen Quaid Ellis
    October 27, 2017
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  20. Audrius Audris
    November 26, 2017
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    noobies

  21. svtirefire
    December 20, 2017
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    Louis C.K. says something to the effect of "Boston isn't an accent, it's just a large population of people saying most words wrong"

  22. rupe53
    January 13, 2018
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    A French drain along the foundation is not a bad idea, unless the water is flowing TOWARD the house, in which case you need to do some grading to get the water to flow away from the house. Once the water is several feet away from the foundation you can install a French drain there to get MUCH BETTER results without risk of the leftovers winding up in your basement. You can get quite a bit of water moved with only a few inches of pitch over 5 – 10 ft distance. Also extend your downspouts so they are away from the foundation, either on grade or buried and extending to daylight.

  23. Rick Cox
    January 26, 2018
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    1:05, I really like the construction of the drain, don't get me wrong, but I would recommend adding another layer of gravel of top of the pipe, rather than just throwing any old dirt on top of it. If the dirt contains enough clay or silt particles, it could quickly clog the entire screen surrounding the pipe. Just my two cents, but definitely wouldn't throw wet red clay around it, just saying 🙂

  24. Aaron Friedrichs
    January 31, 2018
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    I saw this video and maybe there’s multiple solutions for different problems. So I’m leaving you with this question. I have a problem in my backyard. I have a creek that runs exactly along with my fence and my post are eroding away The base. This creek was rerouted to build homes here. Long story short it was done illegally. My question is , is there anything I can do to prolong the eroding? The county eventually is rerouting the creek due to bottlenecking. I also live very close to high flood zones. My home wasn’t deemed by the army corps of engineers to be in the flood zone. But that doesn’t stop water coming close to my property.

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