How to Grade Around a Foundation – This Old House

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This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook saves a soggy foundation. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Grade Around a Foundation:
– Pressure-treated 2x4s, for making ground stakes
– Pressure-treated 2x12s, used to form retaining wall
– 3-inch-long galvanized screws, used to fasten lumber together
– 4-inch-diameter PVC pipe and assorted fittings, used to create drainpipe
– PVC primer and cement, used to fasten together the PVC parts
– Gravel, for covering the drainpipe

Tools for How to Grade Around a Foundation:
– Shovel
– Wheelbarrow
– Circular saw
– Small sledgehammer
– Drill/driver
– Nylon string and line level
– Rake

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