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Posted by John R. Delaney on August 24th, 1999 03:05 PM

Two contractors have told me contracdictory things
about how deep my new house's basement could/should
be set in the ground.

The site is on a gentle hill top, so water running
toward the house should not run directly into the
basement. The contractor who dug the cellar hole and
put in the foundation said the the basement could not
be sunk into the ground the amount originally planned
(i.e., so only its top would be 12"-18" about the old
ground level. He claimed we would have water in
the basement frequently. So he sank it 3'-4' less and
used the spoils from the cellar hole to make a mound
around the house except where the garage goes. There
is a 1/3 flight of stairs down to the garage floor

Another contractor told us the first was wrong. The
house plans included a layer of several feet of rock
under the basement and a drain pipe running out to
the driveway down hill of the house. He said that
should be adequate.

Who is right?


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