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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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Anchoring Gazebo in planter pot

I am planning to buy a 3x3m gazebo. I will be putting it in my backyard. The backyard has pavers, so the gazebo legs will go on the pavers. The pavers are about 20cm apart. As far as I think, the ...
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5 Post Pergola Design - How big to make the beams and rafters?

I'm building a new deck and pergola in my backyard. The deck is pretty much done, and the pergola posts are in. I'm now I'm trying to decide how to finish up the pergola. Deck is roughly 12 feet wide ...
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Easy platform for a small metal frame pool

Recently I have been thinking about purchasing a small metal frame pool, something simple that can be taken down during the fall/winter seasons. The issue I have is my entire backyard is on a slight ...
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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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How to install rubber paver around edges of synthetic grass area?

I have a 15x20 synthetic grass area and I want to put something "soft" around the edges for the kid. My plan is to use rubber paver: Like the 16x16 from Lowe's: http://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubberific-...
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Is the recommendation for Gauge 14 cables with 13A devices overly conservative?

I don't get it. Whenever I look at a corded tool at amazon, I see that people are buying the tool with a cable with an incorrect gauge. Here is an example: In this example a 13A mower is "frequently ...
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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 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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Attaching Pergola posts to lumber on ground

I'm a new homeowner with DIY enthusiasm to improve the outdoor living space. Recently completed build my fence now planning to do a pergola first and then add deck to it so we can enjoy some outdoor ...
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External sewage pipe damaged

I recently had some tree service done to my yard by a contractor, which required them to drive heavy machinery through the lawn. It was pointed out to me that they drove over and damaged an external &...
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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 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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Beam size and material for 15 feet long swing

I need to create a 15 feet span beam for kid swing (300 lbs load / 150 lbs and 2 swings assumption). One end will bolt to the tree (just for convenience). What "treated lumber" lumber size and ...
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Cleanup broken glass and debris

I had the back half acre of my lot cleared of brush and saplings. There was an old shed that the previous owners left to rot. It had fallen to the ground and there is now a lot of broken glass and ...
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Best way to fill gaps between lumber and masonry or rocks

We have built 4x4 retaining walls around existing rocks and concrete that we were unable to get rid of. The idea was - and is - use something fill the gaps between the lumber and the rocks / cements. ...
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ground level deck drainage suggestions?

I am Looking for ideas to keep water from pooling under a new ground-level deck. The frame in the photo was dug 8-10inches below the ground. I'm using composite decking so I need minimum 6 inches ...
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what size should gas grill burner flames be

i have a charbroil 'red' grill. it used to get very hot. now I hold my hand over cooking surface for 5 to 10 seconds. not good. yes i tried to reset the regulator based on most internet suggestions ...
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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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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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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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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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Didn't stain my new fence this summer: do it while its cold or wait until next year?

I have a new fence built from pressure-treated wood. We did not get around to staining it this fall and the temperatures are now in the 40s. Is it better just to wait until next year or should I ...
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Quarry block sunken firepit

I want to put limestone blocks 2x2x5’ for seats in a 10x12, 4’ deep fireplace area, I rented a digger and dig a good amount and plan to put 6” of bass or minus then the blocks around the pit.. will it ...
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How to determine the severity or size of a hole in yard?

I found a hole in my yard. This area has three common features that could cause that, a sink hole from an underground stream, prairie dogs, which are everywhere in the neighborhood, or an abandoned ...
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Fire pit or chiminea or outdoor stove?

In an indoor setting, a wood burner is far, far more efficient than an open fire. What about outdoors in a patio or courtyard? I have a large amount of low grade firewood and I'd like an outdoor fire ...
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How to weather protect plywood fence?

My handyman guy used the wrong lumber to make this fence gate. It just regular plywood used for subfloor: It's too late now to take it down. But it looks OK so I want to see if there is a way to ...
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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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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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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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Standing Water on French Drain

What could be causing standing water on top of a new yard french drain? I am working on a french drain solution in my backyard. I just finished covering the last section up yesterday and it started ...
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Replacing a tennis net

How do you replace a tennis net? Is it simple enough that it's worth doing myself, or should someone else be paid to do it?
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Screen door track replacement

I need to replace the twin plastic tracks (see pic below) guiding the tops of two sliding mesh screen doors attached to the back entrance of my house. The tracks are plastic and come in one piece, but ...
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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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Landscape + drainage along fence line

I am on a corner lot and my backyard receives water runoff from my neighbor behind me and my neighbor beside me. I have a french drain installed where the backyards come together and didn't have much ...
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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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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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