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I would like some suggestions on finishing off the underground drains. From our front sidewalk a 4" black plastic pipe comes out underneath our sidewalk. Looks pretty unsightly. Is there a way to finish it off to make it look nicer? Video or website to look up? Tried to upload a photo, and I got an error. Not sure why.
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Old 04-19-15, 05:33 PM
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A picture would say it best. The board has a 50Kb size limit on pictures. It will resize oversize pictures but not monsters from Ipads and phones. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...rt-images.html
 
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How much slope does your property have? I live in hilly terrain so my downspout drains simply end at the surface. The drain pipes slope at a shallower angle than the ground and emerge on the surface. I trimmed the pipe to match the slope of the hill and painted the PVC black. I can mow over them and the grass almost totally conceals them.
 
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I installed a French drain recently, and was able to almost completely hide the outfall end in a low, loose rock retaining wall. I recessed it a few inches into the wall, such that it's almost invisible. I also installed a wire mesh screen in it, to keep the critters from taking up residence and building nests (which could potentially block the flow of water).
 
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Pete, to further your sizing comment. I often take pictures on my MotoX, Android, and just email them to myself, capturing them on my PC. I have to resize the pictures to 25% of their original in order to bring them in to approximately 600 x 1080, which is acceptable on the forum.
Off topic. If anyone has any idea how to resize the pictures on the phone, before I email them, I'm all ears.
 
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Most photo gallery apps will allow you to resize photos. Many apps though don't put the re-size feature as a top level editing choice so you have to dig a bit. Often it is in the "edit" or "export" menus though mine has a symbol of four arrows pointing inward.
 
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still not able to post pictures. please reply to this email. thanks
 
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Finishing off underground drain

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Please comment, if the picture came through on the attachment. Thanks
 
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Picture is just fine. Where does the runoff go?
 
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Runoff goes out into yard next to front yard light post & then onto sidewalk. What type of coupling
can be used onto the black 4'' drain pipe? I plan on taking it out another 8 or 10ft into a catch basin
Would like to use a piece of 4'' PVC. Your thoughts please.
 
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For best performance, use a smooth-faced elbow or coupling, glued in place. Avoid using flexible, corrugated PVC, as it is prone to clogging with fines and eventually plugging up. A good option is to install an angled, clean-out access (with a threaded lid), to enable flushing the line if/when it does get plugged up.
 
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Thanks. will the smooth-faced coupling go inside of the 4" corrugated pipe? What type of glue
is recommended? Would you reduce size down to 3"?
 
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A bit off topic but I use the app QuickPic Gallery. It's a photo gallery app and has a resizing features with multiple sizes to choose from. My phone's 21 megapixel camera creates huge so even if resizing isn't required it's good for minimizing data usage and time spent uploading photos.
 
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You will have less future clogging problems if you don't use any corrugated, flexible pipe--smooth 4" PVC or ABS is readily available. And don't reduce from 4" down to 3", as that too will tend to cause clogging problems. Regarding what glue to use, it's best to use one suitable for the pipe material. I'd think twice before gluing everything up solid, as that makes for problems if the system ever has to be taken apart to remove obstructions.
 
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