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Gutter drain lines question?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Whitaker24, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Looking to install another catch box and drain line from a gutter to move water away a lot better than just the gutter. Is it better to run it straight out or ok to bend the line? If I go straight out it will be about 72ft of line I will have to install before I get an outlet. It might be 20 ft shorter is I can curve to a closer outlet. Any other ideas that I can use to create an outlet for the water?
     
  2. FIMCO-MEISTER

    FIMCO-MEISTER Banned
    Messages: 18,668

    What kind of slope? If you think you might ever have to run a snake into that thing you better keep it straight. I personally prefer straight but its not an absolute either.
     
  3. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    I would prefer straight myself that why i measured it at 72. What type of rental equip will dig the trench for me? I can use the shovel but dont know if I want to dip 72ft worth of it.
     
  4. FIMCO-MEISTER

    FIMCO-MEISTER Banned
    Messages: 18,668

    I'm big on shovel digging drains because you can manage the slope better and keep the bottom firm and packed. If you do trench I'd get a walk behind unless you a very familiar with riding for safety reasons. You'll still need to do some clean out and backfill. Whatever the trencher does for you digging it makes backfilling a bigger job. Check craigslist and see if you can't find a couple of diggers and backfillers.
     
  5. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Father in law has a tractor and blade that I think could be used for backfilling but getting him to do it another story.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,440

    If it isn't clay soil, buy a mattock and a drain spade and some tarps and have at it.
     
  7. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,081

    Exactly.....72' is not long.
     
  8. NCGreenWorx

    NCGreenWorx LawnSite Member
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    you can bend the line if you want/need too. Keep your bends less than 45 degrees and your slope grater than 1/8" per foot and you won't have any trouble. If you are concerned about the turns you could install PVC Sch 40 45degree elbows and a snake would make the turn easily
     
  9. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,081

    A snake should easily go through a serpentine drain pipe.
     
  10. Whitaker24

    Whitaker24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    Put the dirt on the tarps from the trench?
     

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