4" drain under sidewalk??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GFTC, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. GFTC

    GFTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Anyone have any suggestions or tricks to "tunneling" under a sidewalk to install a drain?
  2. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    High pressure water.
  3. Lisk

    Lisk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    ahhh sorry pics didn't work....
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    High pressure water, a directional bore, doing it by hand, or using the Borz-It.

    Take your pick :)
  5. Boycea

    Boycea LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Take a piece of PVC pipe and place it where you want the tunnel to be. Take high pressure water and force it through the pipe. Push the PVC pipe as you are forcing the water through. The water will bore the dirt out, and your tunnel won't collapse because you will have the PVC in it.
  6. GFTC

    GFTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    A power washer is the only thing I have that might work. Has anyone used one for this type of job or no. Or, I'll just dig by hand.
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    I use a pressure washer all the time for putting pipe under sidewalks. Use a tip that gives just enough opening and push the pvc or ads through. Best to pressure down grade so the water and spoils have a place to go. If that isn't the case, dig a hole at the end you will be pushing to and the water and spoils will have a place to go. Your trench leading up to the sidewalk will have to be dug first, so that the pressure washer wand can lay flat and tunnel through with only a slight pitch.

  8. bigandy

    bigandy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    The Borz-it will work well if you have a heavy enough drill (i've smoked 'em) and the soil is not rocky. We chase the tunnel out with a chain and something on the end to make the pipe easier to push.
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Bore it. With a 4" drain line going in you'll need plenty of room. After the initial bore then pul back a larger bullet. The 4" pipe will go through like a charm.

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