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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...