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Old 06-24-2010, 12:06 AM
cuttin-to-the-Max cuttin-to-the-Max is offline
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French Drain Pricing....

Ok so today i got flagged down to take a look at this yard the lady wanted me to give her a price for a French drain I guess they are called....In this TWP your sump pump outlet pipe must be 20 ft from the curb...
How should i price this..
Never done one before i did find a few pictures though...





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Old 06-24-2010, 01:58 AM
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French drains are not standardized they can be installed in several different ways using different kinds of methods and materials. The most common way is to price it out by totaling all expenses + your profit percentage. The problem hear is you never done it before so you will not know your accurate labor cost your best guess could be way off. In this situation you can ball park the cost and bill for time and materials then the next drain or similar job will be easier to cost out.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:05 AM
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ok so today i got flagged down to take a look at this yard the lady wanted me to give her a price for a french drain i guess they are called....in this twp your sump pump outlet pipe must be 20 ft from the curb...
How should i price this..
Never done one before i did find a few pictures though...





i do it pretty much just like that pic, but i add landscapers matting down in the trench before the stone and perf pipe, pitch the pipe at least a inch every 4 ft
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:53 AM
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wrap the pipe in it, then line the trench with it install the stone then cover the stone .this way their is no dirt contact with the pipe and stone. you do not want dirt migrateing into the stone.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:55 AM
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wrap the pipe in it, then line the trench with it install the stone then cover the stone .this way their is no dirt contact with the pipe and stone. You do not want dirt migrateing into the stone.
good idea stillwater, never thought to wrap the pipe too
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:27 AM
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Do you usually dig the trench yourself??
If you use a machine which one?
We're in michigan how deep and wide should the trench be
because Imagine she wants to use it in the winter....

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Old 06-24-2010, 09:23 PM
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You have no clue how this works or what your doing. The poor old lady will be fleeced.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:33 PM
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Sounds like you are not looking for a french drain. You are looking more for a dry well to catch the pump output. Size would depend on how much water you might be talking about.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:53 PM
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You have no clue how this works or what your doing. The poor old lady will be fleeced.
Um.. thanks

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Sounds like you are not looking for a french drain. You are looking more for a dry well to catch the pump output. Size would depend on how much water you might be talking about.
Yeah well kinda.....
The pipe right now goes all the way to the street i think its like 12in. below ground.
So im going to cut the pipe and just dig a 20' by 6'' trench then fill it with rock...
then plant (as i quote her words) "Plants durable in all/most conditions"

So its not as bad as i thought it would be...
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:17 AM
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HOW MUCH WATER WILL SHE BE PUMPING TO IT, I PUT ONE IN AT MY HOUSE TO KEEP MY BASEMENT DRIER,(had a dampness problem) RAN ALL MY GUTTERS TO IT OFF THE BACK OF THE HOUSE, AT THE HIGH END I HAVE ABOUT A FT OF STONE ON TOP OF MY PERF PIPE, AT THE DEEP END IM DOWN AT LEAST 5 FT, ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DONT NEED ANYTHING TO THAT EXTREME.

I USED A KUBOTA BX22 TO DO IT WITH A 8" BUCKET ON THE HOE.
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