Buried downspouts

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dkraft, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. dkraft

    dkraft LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I am burying my downspouts and using pop up's to finish them off. My yard has got a nice slope away from the house. How far out from the house should I go before installing the pop up's? I am using 4" pvc pipe.
  2. rredogg

    rredogg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Hope I can give you a few helpful hints. I'm not one of the pros but I just laid 100 feet of that black corragiated (sic) pipe joining three gutters and running it out near the street. First of all I rented a sod cutter for the run and rolled the sod up and put it to one side of the planned trench. You should trench at least 8". I put the dirt on some burlap bags next to the trench. That makes it a lot easier to fill the trench later without additional damage to your lawn.

    Some one else here gave me the idea of starting out under the gutter with a 90 degree corner (elbow) piece of corriguated and then fitting it to the long-run. It make for a neater job. At the end of the run I was able to fit a "Pop up" I bought at Home Depot to another corrigated 90.
    You will have excess dirt after back filling in the trench, so get your whellbarrow out and a plan for extra dirt. Also it would be a good idea to have a hand tamper to even out the dirt and again on your sod when you replace it.

    Enyjoy your summer, rredogg
  3. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    I usually go 10' out if the slope is right and it is not directing the water to a neighbor's lawn.

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