French Drain to Dry Well Construction ????

Old 08-10-08, 06:50 AM
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French Drain to Dry Well Construction ????

My home is of block construction on a slab in Central Florida.The runoff from a 3x4 inch downspout is eroding the lawn at one corner of the house. It has been suggested that I could solve the problem by running the downspout into a "French Drain" which could empty into a dry well underground. Can anyone tell me how to construct a "French Drain" as well as a dry well? What materials are needed to construct a French Drain?? How big should I make the dry well? etc.
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French Drain to Dry Well Construction ????

There are fittings and/or kits available at the big, bad box stores that let you run underground to wherever you put a dry well.

i have a setup, but usually disconnect it in the winter in the case of deep frost. which, you do not have.

Old 08-10-08, 07:43 PM
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most dry wells will work by sinking a plastic 55gal drum with a bunch of 1/2 in holes drilled in the bottom and sides then filling about 1/3 full with coarse gravel. hook your drain line into it so that the rain runoff can have place to drain into the soil. If your area doesn't perk well you might have to use second drum. check with a container supply place for recyled plastic drums. should be about 25-45 bucks.

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