Near our garage/workshop Grandpa had previously installed a makeshift culvert out of a length of pipe, a length of downspout, and a joint made from a Ziploc baggie. It was very shallow, and over the course of this past winter, it finally worked its way to the surface of the driveway where we began passing directly over it. It worked okay, but clearly could use some upgrading.
I had previously brought home some 2" ABS pipe from the dump for "future projects", and the future was now... I only had to invest in a proper coupling for a few dollars and I would have a culvert of sufficient length to deal with our driveway.
Kenny and Donna were both eager to join in on this project, so we all headed down to the garage to plot our concept.
I definitely wanted to dig up the length of pipe that had heaved through the surface of the driveway. That went very quickly.
After that though, I wanted to adjust the direction of the spout, so that it wasn't on such an angle. This would let me use a shorter length of culvert/pipe, but would also allow me to ignore the section of downspout that was buried deeper in the driveway. I decided to simply abandon this pipe rather than remove it.
We started digging a nice, straight path across the driveway, beginning at the garage, or lower side of the driveway and working our way over to the opposite and higher side.
|Grandpa inspects our work.|
|The excitement builds!|
|Still lots of water flowing!|
|Time to put in the new culvert!|
On the plus side, the high side of the driveway is... high and dry!