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Drainage Pipe Installation
How do I go about installing drainage pipe in my back yard to cure the wetness that results from rain. What ends up happening is the puddles accumulate in the edge of the mulch beds and the ground seems saturated. My property is downslope from the neighbors. There are numerous trees in the beds so I anticipate root problems when digging the hole. I will probably rent a trencher to lay out the hole. Any particular tips I should know about when installing drainpipe? Secondly, is this the best way to eliminate the problem?
Yes, if you want to drain a swamp, you can use drainage pipe, so eliminating the soggy areas can also be done that way. Backfilling around the pipe with gravel will help too. A slope of 1 inch for every 10 feet will be sufficient, since you are not going to be removing a lot of water fast.
I'm currently putting a 2x12 border around a play structure.The treated wood that I want to use has a greenish color. Can this be painted? I also want to put a 2x4 on top of the borders so that kids can sit on it. But I'm afraid that if I use the treated would, kids my get splinters. Using Redwood is costly. Can I use Green Douglas Fir? Another question is I'm planning to build an overhead (trellis). I'm using a 4x4x10' common redwood post. Can I use the Green Douglas Fir as the overhead trellis (1x1x8). I'm planning to paint this white. Please advise on other types of wood that can be used.
You can definitely paint this wood. (The Pressure treated wood). Use quality paints, an alkyd/oil primer followed by a Latex topcoat.
As for what other wood you can use, the pressure treated wood will hold up to rot better, but if the boards you are using are not in contact with the ground, and are kept painted, then the douglas fir or any wood can be used. When you say "green" douglas fir, I take it you mean it not kiln dried? Typically douglas fir is sold kiln dried.
Personally, I would go with pressure treated wood for outside projects. (unless you are going to a more expensive wood like redwood, cedar or even teak) If you keep the wood painted, it won't check and splinter.
I NEED PLANS FOR A COOL BACKYARD PLAYSET FOR MY KIDS. ANY IDEAS?
Do what I did. Take your tape measure, and a pad and go to the places ...
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