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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by TarHeelBrit, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. TarHeelBrit
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    At first I thought it was a mistake because they had repaired the down spout. However after further investigation I found every one in the complex had been turned around. So rather than channeling the rain water away from the building it's now directed back to the building and after a few years could undermine the foundations. It's a good job we're moving when our lease is up.

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    I hate to speak ill of a fellow maintenance man, but in this case I can't fathom the reasoning behind this.
     
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    Wow that's just plain stupid what they did.
     
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    So turn it around.
     
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    Either they did it on purpose for unknown reasons or they just can't figure it out. Either way, I don't know man, somethings wrong with them.
     
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    maybe the idea was not to chanel the water back towards the building but to slow the water to minimize erosion?
     
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    If it's not your house then who cares................ stupid does as stupid is or something like that..;)
     
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    The level of stupidity from people never ceases to amaze me.
    Truly makes me wonder how in the "eff" did they make it this far in life....:unsure:
    Sad part is, I see it WAY too often.:(
     
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    Tried that, but they've screwed the pipe to the channel. I guess they don't want it moved. :)


    You might be right, ever since Raleigh banned pine straw round buildings there hasn't been any ground cover and with every storm the soil ends up down the drain. This has resulted in some serious tree roots being exposed.
     
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    Ookaaay...Next level stupid there:rolleyes:
     
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    i dont think any of us are really in a position to sit back and call someone's else's work stupid, without knowing the reasoning behind it, or seeing it in practice. the splash block doesn't look like its sloped back towards the foundation, so the water would still run down and spill over that edge and be on its way. maybe they dont have an issue with water running back towards the foundation, maybe they have more an issue with erosion, and using these in place of a stone to take the brunt of the force from the fast flowing water as it exits the downspout, or putting in an entire gravel channel to lesson the erosion.

    i say this because sometimes you're not in a position to do things textbook, as sakplumber can attest, sometimes you just have to throw a solution together with whatever materials you have at hand.
     
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    [quote="TarHeelBrit, post: 1612747,

    ever since Raleigh banned pine straw round buildings .[/quote]
    Why would they ban pine straw?
     
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    Why would they ban pine straw?[/quote]

    Fire hazard maybe?
     
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    I'm all for field expedient solutions, but for pity's sake - the short term fix shouldn't be in a position to risk larger long-term problems.
     
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    Whilst flow back to the building isn't a major problem I can think of 5 out of 14 buildings that regularly end up with a moat around them after a storm, mine being one of them. True to say it drains away quickly.

    Amen to your last paragraph, I was in apartment maintenance and having a tight wad boss you have to cobble things together to do the job.


    Fire hazard maybe?[/quote]

    Exactly right. A few years ago more than a dozen town homes were either destroyed or badly damaged due to a fire from carelessly discarded cigarette into the pine straw. The fire spread with such speed that the fire investigators cited the pine straw as a major contributing factor in the blaze.
     
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    Right especially since the owners spent untold thousands having crews replacing rotted boards and repainting the buildings last fall.