Castle first, THEN moat.

Brooke here.  I had a dream the other night that Brown and I were adrift in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with no trace of water.  We fought, Mad Max style, for survival against marauders in the brutal desert hellscape.  Notice I said dream, not nightmare… Remember last week when the new poured concrete A/C platform was flooded out?  Well, we raised it another 4 inches, and then we had a This:

Taken during a brief moment between cloudbursts, when the water was at its lowest.
Taken during a brief moment between cloudbursts, when the water was at its lowest.  That hose is used to run water out of the sump, which was working non-stop.

There was a lovely period last evening when Brown and I took turns shoveling wet mud against the house in a completely futile effort to keep the basement dry. (We took turns because no matter how much you love your spouse the hour before, or how much you will love them an hour after, there’s always that moment when you realize you’re cold, wet, and furious, and since you’re already digging a grave-sized hole anyhow…)  And this was after we had sunk the 50-gallon drywell! I popped the drywell’s overflow grate to check and see if it was doing its job, and it was full to capacity. I think if we hadn’t put it in the weekend before, we’d have been royally pooched.

I went out today and hosed off the wood and the new A/C pad to check the damage.

The A/C guys called yesterday to see if they could move up their install time.  I couldn't stop laughing.
The A/C guys called to see if they could move up their install appointment to this morning. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Ugly as hell but not too bad, considering. Some of the wood shifted off-level during last night’s frantic mud slingery, but we can reseat it before I attach the permanent supports.  Still not sure what to do about the A/C… once the French drain is in, the pad should stay dry.  Then again, we had assumed a 5-inch elevation was enough.  Rain barrels, I think.  At least one under each gutter chute.  And thirsty plants surrounding the drywell and fig tree.

By the way, we’re freakin’ exhausted today.

2 thoughts on “Castle first, THEN moat.

  1. It need not be pretty, but it darn well be functional! So glad I’m on the upper floors right now, in a well drained city…

  2. What is the diameter of the hose and the capacity of the pump? If I have to guess, I would say the hose diameter is 1 inch or less and a pump that can do a few thousand gallons an hour?
    If those numbers are correct, the hose is going to be a serious restriction and significantly reduce the amount of water the pump can move.
    What is the diameter of that PVC pipe it is connected to? 1.5-2 inches? Try if you can find a hose that will fit over it and fasten it using a hose clamp.
    If you double the diameter, you will quadruple the crossectional area (the area of a circle goes with the square of the radius). I’m not saying this will quadruple the flow, but I would expect at least twice as much.

    If you want to measure how restrictive the hose is simply take a bucket with a known volume and time how long it takes to fill it using the hose. Then try the same at the end of the PVC pipe without the hose attached. This will give you an indication of how much you might gain in pumping capacity.

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