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Old 02-27-2021, 09:37 AM   #1
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Back in the late summer I dug out an old rusted out galvanized culvert that my neighbor said it had been there for at least 50 years. It was buried, the top was showing thru the soil, but the bottom (when I got it out) was totally rusted out. The little creek drainage had diverted around the culvert and it was almost impossible to get a tractor or side by side thru the creek without high centering.

I cleaned out the creek bed and installed two 15" HDPE double wall culverts. I water jetted and compacted the backfill. I then built a headwall at each end with bags of concrete mix. I also poured a small concrete apron at end. I also graded a spillway around the low side incase of an overflow.

This little drainage is normally dry but when the snow is melting or in a heavy spring rain you can hear it roaring from the house about 100 yards away. We didn't get much rain this fall so it hasn't had a very good test until now. We have had 12-15 inches of since late December. It has been in the 40s and 50s this week. We have a big melt going on right now.

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Old 02-27-2021, 10:47 AM   #2
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Over engineering is always the best way
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:41 AM   #3
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Good job!
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:20 PM   #4
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worked out great right there! Nice work
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:30 PM   #5
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Awesome job.
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:42 PM   #6
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You did good Mike. Thatís a professional looking job, and it obviously works as planned.
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Old 02-27-2021, 03:12 PM   #7
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Over engineering is always the best way
Old superintendent habits kicking in.

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Good job!
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worked out great right there! Nice work
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Awesome job.
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You did good Mike. Thatís a professional looking job, and it obviously works as planned.
Thanks !! I was hoping it would not wash out. I am going to add a concrete apron on the discharge end when it drys up. I am noticing the water making an eddy on the discharge end is undermining the pipe a little. I have been going down there twice a day clearing ice flows and brush out of the inlet end of the pipes.
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Old 02-27-2021, 03:13 PM   #8
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Isn't it great when things turn out as planned? Nice job Mike!
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Old 02-27-2021, 03:54 PM   #9
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Nice work!!!
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Old 02-27-2021, 04:21 PM   #10
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That is some professional work! Very nice
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Old 02-27-2021, 04:21 PM   #11
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I have been going down there twice a day clearing ice flows and brush out of the inlet end of the pipes.
Hope you don't have to worry about that anymore

good looking job.
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Old 02-27-2021, 04:41 PM   #12
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good looking job.
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The ice chunks are pretty much gone. The water is running clear now. The brush up stream has been flushed for the most part. We have a couple of more days of snow melting but it should be gone soon. I hope we are done for this winter, but I bet we will see more snow before Easter.
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Old 02-27-2021, 05:48 PM   #13
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Love a good civil job, nice work!

Things must be slow up there if you’re finding time to go check for blockage twice a day, I can’t wait for retirement!

Always enjoy your posts, thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-27-2021, 07:27 PM   #14
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Love a good civil job, nice work!

Things must be slow up there if you’re finding time to go check for blockage twice a day, I can’t wait for retirement!

Always enjoy your posts, thanks for sharing.
We have been pretty well snowed in for a couple of months. Other than grocery shopping, getting over Covid-19 (quarantine), snowplowing the driveway, TBH and You Tube.....give me some 40 to 50 degree days (55 today) and I am happy to find some outside chores.

I need to get out and tap some of our Maples and Black Walnuts for syrup.
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:33 PM   #15
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If you add stabilized sand on each end it’s cheaper than concrete. Looks good should last along time.
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:37 PM   #16
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Looks good
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:44 PM   #17
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Enjoyed the Pics! Good job!
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:47 PM   #18
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Great job!
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:42 AM   #19
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If you add stabilized sand on each end itís cheaper than concrete. Looks good should last along time.
I was going to pack it with Bentonite but I couldn't find any at the time. I am just going to pour a little apron with 5-6 sacks of concrete mix.

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Old 02-28-2021, 09:16 AM   #20
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:22 AM   #21
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:42 AM   #22
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Solid work.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:46 AM   #23
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You do things right up there Mike. Glad to see it work out good. Congrats
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:21 AM   #24
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Nice work Mike! That looks like it would make a perfect place to put some Connibear 110 muskrat traps in the fall, if it still as water running then.


I don't envy the snow melt. It was 3 months of muddy vehicles and such when I lived in Oh. I always looked forward to the 90 days of nice weather called summer after the melt.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:24 PM   #25
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Great job, and thanks for the detail pics on how to do this the right way.
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:17 PM   #26
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Stood up well to all the water flow, I like how you shored the pipe ends with the big rock. I've got some river rock and need to do that to a corrugated culvert I installed a couple weeks ago.

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Old 03-01-2021, 08:29 AM   #27
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Nice work Mike! That looks like it would make a perfect place to put some Connibear 110 muskrat traps in the fall, if it still as water running then.


I don't envy the snow melt. It was 3 months of muddy vehicles and such when I lived in Oh. I always looked forward to the 90 days of nice weather called summer after the melt.
There used be a lot of trapping up here. With fur prices down not as much these days. There are beaver and river otters up and down the Fabius River. The beavers hadad it dammed up a bit about a mile up stream from us this fall. I hope this snow runoff washed out their dams. My farmer neighbors told me to kill every beaver I see. They mess up the e low water crossings.

I got to be careful with traps. I don't want to hurt or kill my decoy cats.

We live out on the gravel. Its either dust or mud. We quit worrying abobout keeping our vehicles clean. I will wash it 2-3 times a year. It makes me think I got a new o one.

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Old 03-01-2021, 08:44 AM   #28
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Stood up well to all the water flow, I like how you shored the pipe ends with the big rock. I've got some river rock and need to do that to a corrugated culvert I installed a couple weeks ago.

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The concrete mix bags (head walls) really help. Just dig out around the pipe and stack the bags. Leave the sack on. Then put some filter fabric on the slopes and dump rock on the filter fabric.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:23 AM   #29
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The concrete mix bags (head walls) really help. Just dig out around the pipe and stack the bags. Leave the sack on. Then put some filter fabric on the slopes and dump rock on the filter fabric.
Thank you sir!

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