Re: [gardeners] Rain

penny x stamm (
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 23:53:47 -0400

Here in coastal New York, we are expecting the Dennis rain starting
at midnite, to last for 48 hours.  From what they say, we will get
flooded, and i do NOT look forward to all that towels & wringer
stuff like what we had 12 days ago. 

In preparation, Jimmie is planning to wait until the driveway backs
up about 6 feet, and then he wants us both to spring in to action:
He will run from the garage around to the door under the kitchen
steps where the troublesome drain sits, and will pull away his
homemade stopper to get a look at the flow of water down in the
hole. [He cannot dare open the door, because the last time he
tried that, Niagara Falls rushed into the house!]  Right now he has
a piece of truck inner tube over the drain hole, then the drain screen
on top, and then a bar of solid lead on top of that, hoping the hold
back the flood. 

OK, so his latest idea is, once again, to open up that hole when the
driveway backs up, and i will be flying out into the storm to pull the
strainer off of THAT drain with a rush...   if we cannot see any water
backing up to the door drain, then we know they are not connected
underground..   We already know that the door drain is not fed by
the house downdrains from the gutters -- so where's the water 
coming from...???  

If we have negative results from this test, then we will have to bring
in a back hoe, and tear up the back yard. 

I think I'll buy Jim a bigger wet-dry vac for Xmas. 
Penny, NY

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