Archive for August, 2012

Thành ph? c’a M? hoang tàn vì phá s’n

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 31st, 2012. Posted in News

Stockton, California, M? n’p ?n xin phá s’n vào tháng 6 v’a qua và tr? thành thành ph? phá s’n l’n nh’t trong l’ch s? n??c M?.

Thành ph? c’a M? hoang tàn vì phá s’n

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 30th, 2012. Posted in News

Stockton, California, M? n’p ?n xin phá s’n vào tháng 6 v’a qua và tr? thành thành ph? phá s’n l’n nh’t trong l’ch s? n??c M?.

FBI and Seattle Police Tout Bust of Massive Oxycodone Ring

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 29th, 2012. Posted in News

Reports that started flying early this morning about search warrants being served throughout the region were confirmed this afternoon when the FBI and Seattle Police Department announced the arrest of

Willing Wrinkled Workers Help Defuse Pension Time Bomb in Japan

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 27th, 2012. Posted in News

The thought of retiring after more than four decades made Hirofumi Mishima anxious. Instead of looking forward to ending his three-hour daily commute, Mishima wanted to work, even if it meant another hour on the train.

Murder spinoffs

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 26th, 2012. Posted in News

The Inquirer and CDN column Cozy Amnesia? gives the names of two people still alive who, according to Rodel Rodis know all too well who ordered the hit on Ninoy?, writes historian-economist Benito Legarda Jr.

Murder spinoffs

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 24th, 2012. Posted in News

The Inquirer and CDN column Cozy Amnesia? gives the names of two people still alive who, according to Rodel Rodis know all too well who ordered the hit on Ninoy?, writes historian-economist Benito Legarda Jr.

More talks for Stockton, creditors in city's bankruptcy case

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 23rd, 2012. Posted in News

SACRAMENTO, California – The city of Stockton, California and its creditors were steered into new talks with a mediator who settled a key dispute in another municipal bankruptcy case as a U.S. judge said on Thursday it may take months to determine if Stockton deserves court protection.

French Drains in Stockton, California

Written by Bill Stoermer on August 23rd, 2012. Posted in Blog

In a previous article, I discussed how excessive ground water can collect around our homes in Stockton, California causing soggy messes and potentially causing structural damage. That article recommended redirecting the water away from our homes with simple applications of plastic hoses or rain gutter extensions. In some situations it is impossible to redirect the water with simple solutions and we must turn to more sophisticated measures such as a french drain system.

Contrary to popular belief, french drains have absolutely nothing to do with France or the French. Back at the start of this country, a Massachusetts farmer, named “French”, made a fortune buying unwanted and soggy bottom land, digging a series of trenches that allowed the excessive water to collect in the trenches which he in turn redirected down into creek beds. Over time, farmer French filled his trenches with broken roof tile which kept them from falling in on themselves and yet still allowed the water to drain. Eventually he covered the tile with soil, eliminating dangerous open trenches and effectively reclaiming even more acreage! With time, his system became known as “French Drains”. Henry French went on to become an attorney and Assistant US Treasury Secretary. His design was popularized in his book Farm Drainage.

A French drain is also known as a blind drain, rubble drain or rock drain. It is simply a trench covered with gravel or rock that redirects surface and ground water away from an area. The common French drain today has perforated hollow pipe along the bottom to collect the water as it seeps down into the trench. Usually, the perforated pipe is then covered with gravel to prevent dirt from clogging the system. The system is directed by sloping it in any direction you want. Even the most subtle slope allows the water to be redirected great distances. The most common application in today’s subdivisions in Stockton are to simply redirect the water away from the house and out towards the street/gutter where a simple “bubbler” will allow the water to flow off into the street gutter.

In some severe situations it may be necessary to install a collection system and a sump pump which will enable you to pump excessive water away. In the typical system I install, I use a 30 gallon polypropylene tank which I bury in the ground and install a simple sump pump inside. As the tank begins to fill, the pump is triggered by a float valve – much the same way as the ball inside a toilet tank. Pumps are able to transport water through small PVC pipe great distances and are much less trouble to install than digging trenches all over your yard!

All the parts needed for designing and installing your French Drain are available in Stockton, California at Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware.

Bill Stormer

Press Release / News

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 21st, 2012. Posted in News

Last week: The data this past week reflected an economy that may be gaining a little momentum. Robust growth is not here or just around the corner.

Press Release / News

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on August 21st, 2012. Posted in News

Last week: The data this past week reflected an economy that may be gaining a little momentum. Robust growth is not here or just around the corner.