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    Some of you know the neighbor above me had a leak on her hillside which caused it to slide down to mine during the last BIG rain. As it turns out her water leak is the spring I've been trying to dewater for the last year. Three months after my new retaining wall was finished I started have water flooding through an adjacent wall. When I found the Contractor had removed part of my spring dewatering system I assumed that was my problem. Little did I know she had been looking for a water leak due to high meter readings.

    The other day I heard the owner's son talking to City Engineer claiming a 3/4" line could not possibly do that much damage. As such I did a quick bucket test and figured out the flow with our 185 psi supply. Here is the math:

    .134 cfs x 1-year = 4,225,824 cubic feet or 31,609,163 gallons per year

    That assumes full flow which it wasn't until the end but it gives you an idea of the potential.

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    WooHoo! Water math class paid off!
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    • #3
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      Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
      As such I did a quick bucket test and figured out the flow with our 185 psi supply. Here is the math:

      .134 cfs x 1-year = 4,225,824 cubic feet or 31,609,163 gallons per year


      Mark

      Mark, 185 psi on the water mains / water service lines?

      Aye Carumba!!! Are they pushing water up a mountain or something?
      Time flies like an arrow.

      Fruit flies like a banana.

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      • #4
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        can you tell us how many tons or cubic yards of mud it displaced?

        you can test out the broncos 4wd on your hill now

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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          Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
          you can test out the broncos 4wd on your hill now

          rick.
          If you attempt this remember all used car sales in CA are "as-is" deals!
          I love my plumber

          "My Hero"

          Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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            Originally posted by geno gardner View Post
            Mark, 185 psi on the water mains / water service lines?

            Aye Carumba!!! Are they pushing water up a mountain or something?
            Yes I am up on the side of the mountain. However, the highest water pressure I have ever seen on residential was 325 psi in the flat desert. The customer was in a remote area so they hooked him up to a high pressure transmission line.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
              can you tell us how many tons or cubic yards of mud it displaced?

              you can test out the broncos 4wd on your hill now

              rick.
              I figured I gained 88 cubic yards but the entire slide is closer to 400 cubic yards.

              The Bronco would have to jump my new 6' retaining wall to get on the hill.

              Mark
              "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

              I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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              • #8
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                Show us some pictures of this slide. 88 cubic yards is a lot of earth.
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                • #9
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                  The slide on my property is approximately 23' by 40' and as deep as 5' but 3' - 4' seems more the average. In addition, Jon removed about 12-yards from the v-ditch above my retaining wall and what made it beyond the retaining wall. Rosie's swimming pools came in very handy (sorry Joey).














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                  • #10
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                    Holy schinekys!! 2011 hasn't been a good year for you Mark. hope your luck turns for the better.
                    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                    • #11
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                      Holy Cow!


                      I had no idea you was that close to the landslide. That retaining wall won't hold for anything if it starts to lean towards the structure.


                      You had to be petrified when that started, and I'm sure any rainfall would have you concerned greatly at this point.


                      Is it deemed safe to be even living in the structure?

                      Earth like that doesn't let anyone know when it decides to move.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                        The slide on my property is approximately 23' by 40' and as deep as 5' but 3' - 4' seems more the average. In addition, Jon removed about 12-yards from the v-ditch above my retaining wall and what made it beyond the retaining wall. Rosie's swimming pools came in very handy (sorry Joey).

                        Mark

                        Mark! If I were you I would move. ASAP! I'm not kidding. I'll happily donate $50 to the "Mark moving somewhere that makes sense fund".
                        Time flies like an arrow.

                        Fruit flies like a banana.

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                          I been see something like that on the news ...
                          Thats Crazy

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                          • #14
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                            What if you covered the hillside with chainlink fence and drove 10' stake down to hold the fence?
                            Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                            • #15
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                              I'm not too worried yet. The stuff that slid was all fill and I am on a cut lot. The pattern of the slide does not go beyond the wetted area. There is no rain forecasted in the near future so as long as they start on a repair I'll be okay. To top it off my new retaining wall has a 2' deep X 6' wide footing with a 4' key and #7 rebar on 2' centers.

                              Mark
                              "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                              I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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