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Protection from an asbestos wall

The trapezoid-shaped wall in the back of the picture is a wall that my neighbor built between his backyard and mine: Apparently, it is made from asbestos, which might be unhealthy. In order to ...
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How to manage water runoff on flat roof of accessory dwelling unit

I am planning to build a new accessory dwelling unit (granny flat) in my backyard. I really like this design from https://node.eco/ However how do I manage the flat roof water run off? Is it just ...
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How to bind pebbles in-between pavers?

I have roughly 700 square feet of pebbles and pavers in my back yard, and the issue I'm having is that when I step on the pebbles, they move all over the place. I'd like to apply some kind of binding ...
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Rat trouble please help me [closed]

I found Norway rats in basement first I sealed off them coming in for the dog food but I smell them I see holes in my yard they have I think killing my wild birds that are use to living by my porch on ...
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Drainage area for a French drain

I have a muddy backyard that has minimal slope toward the back property line, and I'm considering installing a French drain to improve the situation. Is there a general rule as to how much area a ...
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How to connect backyard cover to existing roof?

This is an image I found on the internet My roof in the backyard is very similar where it sloping down toward the yard. I want to make the cover like the photo. Few questions: From the photo, look ...
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Small Concrete Pad with (cutoff) 1/4" x 6-in vertical steel pipes, What is this?

I've been in my home for 10 years and have finally decided to get rid of this mysterious eyesore in my backyard. It's a roughly 4' x 4' concrete pad, with two 1/4-inch x 6-in steel pipes installed ...
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What are these two Sewer Pipes Coming up Out the Ground?

We recently had the old terracotta sewer line replaced that comes out of our house to the main sewer line There are now two pipes in addition to the sewer clean along where the guys dug up I planned ...
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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

My wife and I recently purchased our first home. We'd like to make a flattened area in our backyard (which is somewhat sloped) for a firepit. My thinking was to dig out a shallow area and fill it with ...
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Bucket pulley/hoist for kids climbing frame

Firstly sorry if this is the wrong place. I've just finished assembling a climbing frame for my son (with great difficulty!) which had a sand pit underneath it. What I'd like to do is add in a very ...
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How can I make use of bricks, rock and miscellaneous fill left in my yard?

I bought a house last fall and now that spring is here i am cleaning up the yard. I have been finding alot of bricks, brick sized rocks and brick sized miscellaneous fill (peices asphalt, rock ...
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What can cause bubbling mud?

https://vimeo.com/326120553 I have a bubbling puddle of mud near my house. It's not my water or sewage lines, I already had the water company come check it out. It doesn't smell like natural gas. ...
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How to keep buried deck posts from rotting

This is related to a question I asked earlier regarding my deck footings. I had a pool deck built last fall. The footings are 4' deep and 12" diameter. There are metal post brackets attached to the ...
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Regrading under deck to protect footings from water

I had an above ground pool installed and a deck built around it early last fall. The way the builder built the deck footings was to pour 4' of concrete 12" in diameter, then attach metal post brackets ...
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Fencing backyard on the lower side of a retaining wall

Trying to fence my backyard, so that the dog has some room to play and burn some energy, as well as joining us outside during gatherings. My backyard sits on the low side of a retaining wall, which ...
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How to properly level / build a fence for in my back yard?

I'm building a fence in my backyard it's about 300ft of fence and this is my first time doing a project like this. I wasn't 100% sure the best method for leveling, my yard is mostly flat no big ...
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Manufacturer pairs 6 ft tall vinyl fence with 8 ft posts - should I find 9 ft posts?

My research has shown that fence posts should be dug to a depth of at least 1/3 of the height of the post—for a six foot fence, the post depth would be 3 feet. I purchased a 6 foot vinyl privacy ...
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Craftsman 917 Riding Lawnmower Not Starting

I have a Craftsman 917 series riding mower that I purchased last year. It ran fine for the first month or so but after that it was intermittently having issues starting. I noticed the connections on ...
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Three shade sails attached to one post?

Had the math sorted previously but now I'm hoping to simplify. I'm hanging three sails -- a 12 x 12 square, then a 12x equilateral triangle, then another 12 x 12 square. The far ends will be attached ...
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What are my options for replacing a rotted fence post that is slanted in a large concrete slab?

My fence line sits on a slab of concrete that separates my house from the neighbor's house. So far, I was able to complete two posts via extracting the post rot and replacing the post in the 4x4 slots ...
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What is this vertical metal pipe in my backyard? old well? septic?

Purchased this house last week and the previous owners also did not know what it was. The pipe is heavy duty and set in concrete. There's water about halfway up the length of the pipe, but I haven't ...
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Preventing swing set legs from sinking

I'm putting together a swing set in my backyard mostly following this Youtube video. I'd like to make sure that the legs of the A-frames don't sink into the ground over time when it rains, etc. What ...
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How can I hide or dress up a large wall of debris?

We have a large "debris wall," made up of stumps, tree trunks, and other leftovers from when our lot was cleared, to one side of our driveway. We considered having it removed, but it provides a ...
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How to Cover Giant Sewer Vent [closed]

Does anyone have a creative/safe way to hide this hideous sewer vent and manhole? Thanks in advance!
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How to safely block French doors to nowhere

I am going to tear down an existing deck (which is rotting out) and want to block off usage of existing French doors that currently lead to the deck. I’ll attach photos below. I am going to build a ...
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Reducing traffic noise in front and back yard

Our rural house is located 200 yards from an interstate highway overpass. House is parralel to interstate, and overpass is located near a corner of property. How can we reduce the noise entering the ...
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Accidentally left grill grates outside during the winter and rust built up. Tried to search online and ask at Lowe's, but didn't find a good solution. What worked for you?
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Sewage water draining behind home below walk out deck?

At my girlfriend's mom's house she purchased last year. It's an older home built in the 50's. They are having drainage problems and flooding in the walk out area below grade (see pictures). We popped ...
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Fixing a wood barrier

I have a wood barrier that runs alongside my yard and holds back dirt from the driveway. The wood is starting to rot but is still doing OK. The wall has started to come apart in a few places. I would ...
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Yard Drainage issues

We have clay soil so we had our landscaper/yard maintenance person come out to see what could be done for our drainage issues...there were many low spots in the yard & even when he stepped on them,...
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How to finish retaining wall for a paver patio on a sloping ground?

Hi All: I am building a paver patio in my backyard (primarily so that kids can use it for playing). I need some advise on the best way to do it. The size of the patio would be large: 26ft by 18ft. My ...
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Compact drainage rock behind retaining wall?

I am confused by the mfg instructions and its images. It states to fill core and 12 inches back with drainage crushed rock, and to compact, "backfill" First, what type of rick can i use for drainage ...
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Selling house, and want to put in the easiest lowest cost patio in backyard

Putting the house on the market soon, and the back door steps currently step right down to the lawn. I would like to put a patio-like landing area there, maybe 10'x 10'. Approach: I'm considering ...
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Remove metal clothesline

I would like to remove two metal clothesline poles in my backyard. I was thinking of doing it by digging around the poles and cutting using a reciprocating saw. Is this a decent method? It may be ...
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What is this mysterious pipe in my backyard?

I'm replacing a fence in my backyard. Some of the new posts will not be in the old holes. While digging a new hole, I came upon a pipe which is in the way. I don't know what it is for and I'm unsure ...
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My neighbors have a dirt and rock yard and the run-off floods a shed. How can I inhibit this?

We just bought a house and the house has a (or once was, at least) a nice shed in the back with both water and power. Image is to scale (the shed is 12' x 12'). The problem is that erosion from the ...
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Running two new circuits to outside backyard (One for swimming pool)

I am looking to run two new circuits outside. Initially it was one circuit for a swimming pool, but I figure since I am doing the run to the other side of the yard, I should run another circuit for ...
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Depth of Wood Post for Clothesline

I want to build a post to post clothesline using pressure treated 4 x 4 posts. I am planning on securing with concrete but I am not sure how deep I need to go below ground level. I live in Michigan ...
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Running electric to swimming pool pump

My town is making me get a permit to install a Bestway swimming pool, this one: Link Looking it over, it states not being able to connect this pump through an extension cord. I intially purchased ...
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Where to lead french drain end in backyard, cookie cutter neighborhood

I am going to install a french drain to alleviate some of the soggy muddy areas after rain. First, my backyard slopes and graded to drain to the rear left of backyard. There is a small valley to ...
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Ideas for how to hide an 8ft sewer vent pole in backyard

I have a sewer vent pole in my backyard (about 8 feet tall) and I'm looking for ideas on how to best hide it. I haven't seen any fake rocks etc that would be large enough to cover or hide it so I've ...
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New home grading in backyard soil stays muddy for days

I have a new construction home and the backyard grade needed adjustment late in fall. There is an area that meets in the middle that doesn't really hold static water above, but the ground stays soft ...
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Ideas for removing attached greenhouse

Long story short, I have an attached greenhouse and I am in need of ideas. Let me know if you have any. I attached images below of my attached greenhouse that I inherited from my previous owner. The ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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Best way to cover stair using concrete retaining wall block

I have spent 3 days creating this stair and I still don't like to look. The reason is that I have tons of those retaining wall blocks so I have to use them all to create the stair. The first try was ...
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Can I use eye bolt to mount kid swing?

I am planning to mount swing (max 100 lbs) using eye bolt like this Is there disadvantage vs. the swing hanger sold by playset manufacturer?
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A-frame angle for swing

I'd like to figure out the smallest angle possible for the kid swing A-frame. I will be using 4x8 beam on top and 4x4 for the legs. I am reading two sources and each has different angles: This site ...
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Footing for 4x8 swingset beam and playhouse

I am building a playhouse with swingset attaching to it. One side of the swingset beam (4x8x12) will be A-frame. The other side is attaching to the playhouse. I have a question about attaching to the ...
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Do I need to use Artificial Grass Tape brand?

If I buy one brand of the artificial grass and I need to seam the connections, can I use the grass tapes sold at the local home improvement store? As I need to grab something as I go and only "SYNLawn ...
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A-Frame Bracket for 4x8 swing beam

I would like to build the A-frame swing structure. One end of the beam attaches to the playhouse. The other end is the A-frame and I plan to use 4x8x12 treated lumber as the beam since I already ...