Originally Posted by aart
Was the pipe working at all?
Maybe most the problem was the lack of gutters?
Yes, it seemed to be, to a degree, but it couldn't keep up with water pouring down from the roof and on the bank where I don't have rock closest to the entry door. Now, I have to figure how to put gutters on an entirely metal building. The box trim is just hollow to fill in the openings where the roof rafters hit the top of the wall framing. It isn't structural and I'm not sure how to attach gutters on this bldg. If it was wood, no problem.
It's a real mess outside, constant rain, mud everywhere and two more days of it predicted. Last night when it hadn't been raining all that long, it was still dry inside, but the ground around the place became saturated when the rain didn't let up and the drain on the door side didn't seem to be letting water in. I remember several folks saying this paver base would compact down and become like concrete, but then also to put it over the drain. That didn't make sense to me and it did not become like concrete or this wouldn't be happening like it is. It is just too porous for a foundation and too solid to allow water to go into the drain if it comes down more than a gentle sprinkle.
Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs
It can all get discouraging, but I look at it as at least you are finding and fixing this stuff now as opposed to when you have it full of birds, use the bad weather to find any and all problems before hand and get everything working right. Be worse if your very nice looking chickens were standing in a watery mess. Keep tweaking.
Yes, of course, it's best to get it all worked out now. DH just blithely says we'll get it all worked out, decides he can do nothing while it's raining to alleviate the situation, then gets his mind on something else. I can't do that. This is Priority 1 until it's fixed, period, as far as I'm concerned. I hate rain events like this because they give me migraines and the stress is adding to it now. I'm trying to make things, crochet, quilt, but it's dark as a tomb in the house and depressing as heck from the rain and the situation in general.
ETA: When he checked on it later, he said just what we did today, digging out some with the pick axe, helped a great deal and the standing water inside is subsiding. The rain sure hasn't stopped, that's for sure.
Edited by speckledhen - 11/30/15 at 6:07pm