Thursday, December 3, 2009

Civil Engineering 101

Thanks to my brother Joe for the title of today's post!

Dean is making some progress in the battle with the muck.

If you have been following along, you know that the trench that will eventually house the final bit of conduit needed to complete the run from the road to the house (so we can someday have electricity) has been filled with water and mud.

There are some wetlands on either side of the driveway, and when it was constructed, there should have been another under driveway culvert installed - but it was not - and therefore the water was crossing over the driveway and dumping directly into the trench.

With all of the rain we have had lately, the earth is saturated and the trench kept filling in spite of being pumped out.

And the sump pump just could not handle all of the muck, so yes, we had to purchase a trash pump. We had rented one, but it was going to be too costly for the amount of time we needed it, AND my husband cannot resist being the owner of another very useful tool...

Well you can pump water until the cows come home, but if the source is not diverted, you will never empty the trench.

So light finally dawns on Marblehead, and a plan to divert the water from upstream is hatched. What we need is a swale!

Dean using the backhoe to dig a swale.

And here is the swale doing its job moving water down the opposite side of the driveway - away from our trench and into the culvert. It's not pretty, but it works!

So now we can pump out the water and have a hope of actually emptying the trench.

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode...

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