Installing the foundation drain
Installing the foundation drain

Some tasks are just no fun. They can be back-breaking or boring. Prepping the foundation for backfilling is both of those. Add heat and sun to the mix and Lance gets whiny.

But it hasta be done.

Since the build site was excavated, tons of dirt and rock had made its way back into the foundation area, filling up the trench I had already dug. All that had to be removed – again, along with some extra digging. Then the drain pipe went in, about 8 inches of gravel was hulled in with a wheelbarrow, then the dirt screen was put down.

Though dump trucks of gravel can be quite expensive, they can be well worth it. One three axle dump truck load can be more than 30 pickup loads of gravel, much more with smaller trucks. Then there’s the unloading part. It’s HARD work. A dump truck can unload it in less than a minute. Then there’s the spreading. A good dump truck operator can spread it evenly on your driveway in a matter of minutes.

Unloading gravel
Unloading gravel

But in this particular situation, I elected to get the gravel myself. First of all, I wasn’t going to use anywhere near a full dump truck load. Second, I needed to load the gravel into wheelbarrows anyway. And, like other contractors, getting a trucker¬†to show up can be a major undertaking.

So, the back of the house is ready for backfilling. Two sides to go.

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