Unusual request!

cats39(z5 Upstate NY)March 18, 2005

Hi All!

I posted this to the Lawn Care Forum and thought maybe one of you Upstater's knowing my situation might be of help and hope one of you experts can with this question?

I'm planning to take down some drywall in a bedroom that measures 8X12 (and from one wall only).

The question is, I have an addition on our home that was done before we purchased. I would like to build up one exterior side that measures 15' lineur feet in order to slope rainfall away from the foundation and grade out away about 4 to 6 feet.

If I were to dig down about 12" and fill the space with the drywall and then grade with the extisting dirt would the drywall make a good fill for that purpose.

It seems a shame to truck in a small amount of dirt and then truck away and have to put the drywall in some already filled to capacity Town landfill.

Thanks in advance.

I live in Central New York just outside of Syracuse and we do receive a great amount of rain and snow.


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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I don't know about the effects of drywall in the soil but I do know that it won't hold up to moisture. It will disintergrate like chalk.


    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 9:29AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

A few years ago there was a story in the news about some place in New Jersey where a builder had used drywall as fill. Even though it is called gypsum-board, it has a lot of other things in it, and really belongs in a landfill.

If you were around here, I'd offer you some nice, clean rock.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 10:15AM
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AbbeysDad(z5 CNY)

Send it off to the dump where it will disintegrate to almost nothing. Use only clean fill around your home, making sure you use a decent topsoil cover.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 4:55PM
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cats39(z5 Upstate NY)

The Lawn Care Forum advised against the use also. I'm glad I asked.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 5:47PM
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