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Book or Source for Drainage?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by grasssin, May 25, 2006.

  1. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Anyone have a good book or online source that covers residential drainage issues?

  2. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    That would be a short book.

    chpt 1 soil.
    Clay = no or very slow water flow.
    Loam = good absorbtion, fast drying

    Chpt 2 grading
    *** away from the house***
    not towards a near by house. If there is no resonable way to get a grade for runoff, look at other methods.

    Chpt 3 other methods.
    Dry well.... dig a big hole, line with geotex, fill with 3/4 clean stone to 6inches below grass. Wrap geotex over tp and finish with soil and sod. Creates a place for large volumes of water to go, and later be absorbed by soil. They are great for downspouts, perf. pipe or areas that collect pools of water.

    Chpt 4 tools.
    Laser level is great
    mini-x if you are doing lots

  3. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Don't forget water goes down hill.
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Contact NDS, they have a complete training program and information available. http://www.ndspro.com/
    Colin Fein is the rep and has been a great help to me and offered his assistance for classes at one of the colleges with landscape programs.

  5. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    How do you buy from NDS? It doesnt look like you can order a catalog or anything.

    Where else is good to by commercial grade drainage?
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

  7. drmiller100

    drmiller100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    water goes downhill unless you pump it.

    it doesn't matter what teh engineer says. it doesn't matter what someone wishes.

    them's teh facts.

    if you don't want water in your house, make somewhere else downhill, or dig a hole and put a pump in.
  8. grasssin

    grasssin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    Edge water-

    Thank you for your very informative advice-

    I knew I was doing something wrong when I placed the drainage pipe up hill, I thought the weight of the water would act like a pump and push itself up....

    Who knew water flowed down hill?

    Dreams- thanks for your help
  9. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Whay are you trying to do? The word drainage covers a large area.

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