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When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:19 pm
by etowah
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs. ... 0990107020

With all the houses built on slopes, we'll unfortunately see more of this,

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:50 am
by S
We'll have to wait and see if it was the land underneath that gave way of if some design flaw in construction or site grading that contributed to the slide.

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:32 pm
by etowah
With everything fallen down in a heap, how will the cause be determined?

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:20 am
by 4tees
I'm sure they have or can hire the appropropriate engineers to investigate the cause of the failure (if they feel it is worth doing so)

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:09 pm
by etowah
4tees wrote:I'm sure they have or can hire the appropropriate engineers to investigate the cause of the failure (if they feel it is worth doing so)



What type of erosion control features do you have on your property?

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:25 am
by 4tees
we have installed many runoff control/diversion drains, had our grader slope the property for proper drainage and to reduce erosion, planted at least 300+ plants and trees and spread a couple hundred pounds of grass and wildflower seed (unfortunately the drought has limited our success with the plants and grass so far). This spring we are going to put down more seed, at least a dump truck load of mulch and a lot of metal edging (both further reduce runoff), a couple loads of gravel, and a load of rip-rap to stabilize our open drainage gullies around our driveway. We have seen slow but noticable progress in reducing our runoff as we find and correct problems, but the biggest helper will be a normal precipitation spring rather than another year of drought.

Re: When you build on a steep slope...

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:03 pm
by etowah
4tees wrote:we have installed many runoff control/diversion drains, had our grader slope the property for proper drainage and to reduce erosion, planted at least 300+ plants and trees and spread a couple hundred pounds of grass and wildflower seed (unfortunately the drought has limited our success with the plants and grass so far). This spring we are going to put down more seed, at least a dump truck load of mulch and a lot of metal edging (both further reduce runoff), a couple loads of gravel, and a load of rip-rap to stabilize our open drainage gullies around our driveway. We have seen slow but noticable progress in reducing our runoff as we find and correct problems, but the biggest helper will be a normal precipitation spring rather than another year of drought.



Sounds like a lot of work, and a worthwhile effort, 4-tees. We were fortunate that the previous owner
installed gravel beds on the north side, extensive landscape shrubbery on the south. The front yard and driveway slope
gradually to the front(east of the house) At the garage area, the concrete sidewalk has a raised area so that water stops
there and does not cascade down the side of the house. The backyard is nearly level for about 25 feet out, then starts
to slope, and that area is heavily wooded. Lot's more needs to be done. My next door neighbor has a lot of erosion control
systems in place, and will be a good source of advice.