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what is a "French drain"? Answered

Was reviewing comments on rain barrel construction and someone mentioned "french drain"

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

10 years ago

Its a trench filled with rocks, to keep it open, that water can percolate along. In modern construction, the trench is lined with a geo-textile, to filter out fine particles, the trench is filled almost to the top with rocks, the textile wrapped over the top and the then covered with more soil.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 10 years ago

The only thing I can add is that it usually has 4" plastic proliferated pipe in the bottom of the ditch to collect and carry off the water.

See this.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

I have a new question: how do you proliferate a pipe?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

Chop it into short lengths ?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Dang, I was fishing for a [blank] of Mass Destruction joke...

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

Just ask Subcommandante Marcos.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 10 years ago

Spell check is know good if you cain't see two reed.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

Damn. Of course there is.
Wish we could edit answers....
Steve

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The Wooden Moustache
The Wooden Moustache

10 years ago

Perforated pipe is what you seek as the name of the pipe.
The pipe has a series if holes to allow ground water into the pipe to be carried away.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago


When I see "French- " I'm usually looking at a euphemism... not this time it seems.

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