My basement gets wet in one small spot from time to time and I am going to dig a french drain. This should be easy since I just bought a Kubota BX24. I have been doing some leveling for a new front porch and the thing works great. Now the french drain. What is the maximum distance from the concrete block basement wall for the drain? The water seems to be coming from below surface because I dug a 12 inch by 12 inch trench right next to the basement wall and am just getting a slight trinkle about a foot lower than the trench just mentioned. It must be ground water. Also, very knowledgeable people on this forum say use fabric and some say no fabric. One guy says use straw. Thanks in advance.