WEAK MIND This job is a LOT of work. In theory, a perimeter drain is a reasonably easy landscape project. Problem is, it’s inside your house. So, there’s still a lot to think about and organize to keep the genie in the jar. Stuff. If your basement is occu- pied with all the stuff most base- ments are occupied with, the first step is to protect the storage items and appliances. Once dirt starts coming out, it takes up all kinds of space fast. And dirt is dirty, so drape your stuff. Sluggo. While it seems ridiculous to see me using a sledgehammer for this, it was better than a jackhammer for the slab I encountered, which was thin. While a smaller breaker hammer might’ve been the key, a full-tilt jackhammer would likely spend more time stuck in the ‘crete or the compacted soil beneath it, and I’d be wrestling it out. They’re too heavy to wrestle for long periods of time, so I just smashed it. And yes, I wore eye protection. I used a Fiskars sledge for this. It has one typical flat face and one wedge-shaped face. That wedge shaped face pulverized this slab. All my sledgehammers are nicknamed Sluggo. Mattock. Next up in the caval- cade of indoor landscaping, the
This deep channel drainage system generally requires removing 12-18” of concrete slab where the floor and wall meet along with excavation of subsoil at the side of the footing. A perforated pipe or channel, combined with washed gravel, is laid parallel to the footing with a slight pitch to a collection tank where a sump pump discharges the water.
The first breech of the concrete is going to be with something brutal and cro-magnon in nature. Prepare for blisters. A mattock is an indispensible dirt breaker-upper.