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How do a fix this solid, leaning, solid concrete retaining wall

I have a solid concrete retaining wall that’s leaning against my neighbor’s property. In turn, he has let his yard foliage grow to hedge against it collapsing, which is why it’s hard to get clear ...
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What does this APWA marking mean?

A company needs to dig in my back yard, so they arranged the various utilities to mark the area. One utility left this in yellow spray paint on the yard: / \ / | \ | | NO NM60. I am located in ...
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How to avoid breaking electric wires, telephone wires, and water pipes in the garden while digging

I'm located in France. For a house (built over 30 years ago) I have to pull new cables through the garden (about 20 m - 30 m). The cable has to avoid certain trees, bushes, obstacles and arrive at a ...
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Swing concrete anchors moving

I concreted in my children swingset about a month ago but the concrete has cracked and moving! I used a ready mix concrete that you just add water too. The swingset is metal but it’s moving a lot now ...
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Does it matter if my underground conduit overlaps or crosses over existing conduits?

I'm planning on digging a trench for underground electrical conduit. I recently called my state "call before you dig" underground locating service. They finished marking the locations of ...
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How to safely pull Internet cable out of soil?

My internet company installed a heavy 70 ft long cable across my lawn 6 months ago. They dug up a trench about a foot deep using a trench digger. I would like to move the middle section of the cable ...
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How to trace corrugated drain pipe without digging up my whole yard?

I have a 6” corrugated drain pipe that my gutters on the back of my house drain into, and then the drain pipe runs underground along the side of my house. I’m not 100% sure where it ends. I’m looking ...
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Is digging with a shovel near gas lines dangerous?

I live in an area where 99% of homes have gas lines, but mine does not. I called 811 and the gas company showed up, but said since I have no gas service, no pipes run under my property. When the ...
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How to excavate 3ft deep around perimeter of building

I have a building that I'm converting into living space for rental units. The building is on a cement slab foundation and to bring it up to code, I need to install foam board insulation around the ...
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Stumps haul out

I have a mound in front of my house with two stumps in it (shown below). I have a quote for the excavation of the mound which includes the removal of dirt. The difference between hauling the ...
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Setting fence post in gravel/backfill?

I am attempting to build a privacy fence that will sit just behind a retaining wall (as in, on the ground behind the wall and not on the wall itself). While digging today I realized that while the ...
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Right tool to drill a 3 to 4" diameter hole approximately 3ft deep through remnants of a ground up tree stump

I'm installing a very basic fence with welded wire mesh that will be fastened to galvanized steel T-posts. But I've run into a snag. At the very end of my run on one side I cannot dig into the ground. ...
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How do I dig a fence post hole in a cramped corner?

In the corner of my yard 4 other neighbors’ fences meet. At that junction there is no post they are all just nailed into eachother. One side has a double fence. Old residents of my house didnt want ...
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How to dig a trench for a cable for a garden office

I'm trying to dig a trench for the electrical cable for a shed/office I'm building in my back garden. This is about 7 m long and should be 0.5 m deep. My soil seems to be about 5 cm of ...
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Grading soft white sandy soil in central Florida with only a Bobcat?

I have a 1/4 acre vacant lot in Central Florida in an undeveloped area. Two of my neighbors are about 4' higher in elevation according to Google Earth, though I stood there and don't see it or ...
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Is this a proper way to drain water from flat area under deck so it does not penetrate basement wall?

I have a flat area under a 6 by 30 ft deck in front of my split level house. I am currently replacing the deck boards on this (Pictures are below). The soil underneath this deck is relatively flat and ...
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What is the correct tool/method for digging out existing concrete holes for fence posts

My garden needs a new fence as well as two new fence posts. There is an existing concrete base along the boundary which is already securing three posts and has holes where two posts snapped in the ...
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Rental equipment selection for digging 52" deck footings?

I need to put in about 20 concrete footings for several deck-related projects. The footing base should be 12-18" (but see note below). Frost depth in my area requires footings to be 52" below grade (...
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Right tool to dig six foot holes?

I would like to dig some 6-12 inch diameter dry wells (any diameter in that range will work). The holes need to be at least 6 feet deep to reach the permeable layer of the soil. However, the equipment ...