DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now there's a trench around the inside on all four walls where they had to dig to install the foundation. The center of the garage area is undisturbed dirt and […]
Old Man Winter finally got up and went home. This past year he reminded me of that family relative that still is sitting on my couch at 10 pm on Thanksgiving, not knowing it was time to leave a while ago. With warm temperatures and favorable weather here, it's time to get started on some […]
DEAR TIM: My backyard is not level. The ground slopes from the left to the right as you look out my back kitchen window. The land in the subdivision slopes this general direction until it hits a small creek three blocks away. Ever since my neighbor built an in-ground swimming pool I have water ponding […]
Quick Column Summary: Problem with water entering crawlspace A crawlspace below grade is similar to a pond Waterproof your basement by diverting the water DEAR TIM: I've got a chronic problem with water entering the 4-foot-tall crawlspace under the duplex I live in. This year has been bad with all the rain we're having. […]
Quick Column Summary: Planter landscaping against foundation Water issues Keep brick dry, weep holes open Space around foundation allows for inspection DEAR TIM: I just purchased a home where the landscaping bed is up against the brick front wall. The home is about twenty-five-years old. The planting bed extends about 3 feet from the house […]
You've maybe seen a light airplane land on a lake. It was outfitted with pontoons so the plane wouldn't sink. But what about landing a plane on water that just has wheels only - no floats or pontoons? Alton, NH is a unique town that has an FAA-approved hard-surface runway for a few months each […]
My college degree is in geology. When taking Geology 101 years ago, Dr. Bullard made us study different types of erosion. One type of erosion is called "mass wasting". It's used to describe when rocks fall from a mountain making a sloping small pile of rock around the base of the mountain. I could NEVER […]
It is possible to build a stacked rock wall. Different techniques are required if the rock wall is to be a retaining wall or just a fence type wall. Be sure to calculate the weight of the earth pushing against the stacked rock wall if it will be a retaining wall.
Runoff water can create erosion issues on your property. Using a trench drain, you get collect the water and direct to another area on your property. This drainage system will allow you to control and minimize your soil erosion.