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Exploring The World Of Handcrafted Furniture Construction


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Exploring The World Of Handcrafted Furniture Construction

Hi there! The name is Nicky and I'm here to present the fascinating world of furniture construction to you. Modern furniture comes from a long line of handcrafted items that have recently fallen out of favor. I grew up in a quirky household where we created all of our own furniture by hand. I have fond memories of shaping wood on the lathe for table and couch legs before I could even ride a bike. Today I continue to create furniture using all of the skills I learned from my awesome parents. I would like to share the knowledge I've collected over the years with you to help expand this interesting hobby. My main goal is to see handmade furniture secure its place in the marketplace. I hope you learn all you need to know about techniques, tools and building materials to create signature pieces you'll love for lifetime.

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French drains are used to move water away from the foundation of your house to minimize possible damage to your basement. As water builds up between the ground and your home, the pressure exerted against your foundation can cause leaks that can flood your basement and lead to mold, mildew, and water damage. A French drain creates a pathway for the water to flow away from your home to reduce that pressure. Here is how you would build a French drain on the outside of your foundation – be advised, this project is for the experienced Do-It-Yourselfer who knows how to handle large equipment.

You Will Need:

  • Backhoe
  • 4" Perforated PVC Pipes
  • Solid PVC Tees
  • Crushed Stone
  • 4' Wide Filler Fabric
  • Trench Shoring

Dig Trench

You'll need to dig a trench all the way around the base of the foundation of your house to move all the water that you can away from your home. If you dig a trench deeper than four feet, you need to make sure you have shored up the sidewalls to prevent it from collapsing on you when you are installing the French drain. You can usually rent trench shoring equipment at the place you'll be renting your backhoe, or you can use ¾" plywood boards to put into the trench to keep the dirt from falling in on you – secure the plywood by placing two by fours across the trench between the plywood and the foundation walls.

Installing French Drain

Lay the filler fabric on the bottom of the trench. Place a 4-inch layer of crushed stone on top of the fabric – you want to grade the stone so the pipe can will laid on a downward slope all around the base of your foundation in one direction.  Connect the pipes at the corner of the house using solid PVC tees. Depending on your needs, you may want to have the pipes drain into a reservoir, a well, or straight down your driveway to a municipal sewer line. Once the piping is all connected, add another layer of crushed stone to a depth of about 10 inches, and then wrap the filler fabric over the stone – the filler fabric allows the water to drain into the perforated pipes while keeping dirt and smaller stones from clogging up the drain system. Remove any trench shoring you might have installed and fill the trench back up with dirt. You should also put in enough dirt so you can grade it to slope away from your house – these will help the water to naturally drain away from the foundation and into your yard. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.