This is what our driveway looked like before the installation of Cunetas. After much grading, many truckloads of dirt and gravel and more Colones than we like to remember, it was necessary to protect our investment from the torrential rains of the rainy season. This is where Cunetas come in. They are a 1/2 round of concrete about 19" at the mouth and a meter long. We purchased 100 to do the job.
The Cunetas were first laid alongside the driveway at the steepest incline. You can also see our wheel
barrel and the cement used to seal the Cunetas together to keep water from seeping through the area where they come together.
As you can see one of the men wore a back support! Smart!!
A Cuneta is installed by gently setting it into place and then wiggling and snugging (don't you like my technical terms) the new Cueta up against the previous Cuneta and so it goes all the way to the top.
The is the "snugging" action!
Don was helping with the digging. Before the Cunetas can be set into place, the ditch must be dug to fit. Once the Cunetas are installed, dirt is snugged up around the edges on both sides to encourage the water to use the Cunetas to get where it wants to go.