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DIY Basement walkout [closed]

I'm wanting to do a basement walkout for our rambler (Orem, Utah). Here's the steps I have so far: Move service panel to the left of the photo Use concrete saw to cut out line 58" from back of ...
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Can I use logs and stumps as driveway fill?

I am making a drive in a lot with some low spots. I am curious if anyone has insight or experience using trees cut from a lot as fill for a driveway, to make a level drive. The lot is all relatively ...
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Prep work for Paver Patio

We have excavated for a paver patio and walkway at our home. It’s a fairly large area and we missed getting the base laid and compacted before the weather turned cold. We now have a large dirt area ...
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Discovered old dry well or septic tank with muddy water - can I just fill it in?

My house has been on the sewer main for 30+ years (original house built 1959, at least three owners ago), but a hole opened up about ten feet from my foundation. Looking down, it's a round cavity, 4 ...
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How do you prevent disturbing a wooden fence when digging a foundation?

When digging a foundation beside a wooden fence, how can I ensure my excavation doesn't cause the fence to collapse? I'm digging into chalky ground and the foundations will be around 450mm wide and ...
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Daylighting an interior french drain

My basement floods about twice a year (maybe 1/2" of water or so) after excessive rainfall or ice melt, and stays flooded for about a day before the water recedes. The basement is half above ...
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Unprotected embankment? [closed]

I am studying my first building custruction course and I got the an example house plan from the instructor and there is mention unprotected embankment here 640.25 .I couldn't understand what is meant ...
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How can I protect my foundation when removing old retaining walls and regrading?

I have this old and crumbling tiered stone wall in the back of my property. My deck sits on top the wall. There is a covered porch next to the deck, that’s built on top of block walls (not part of the ...
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Does a carport slab need expansion joints at interior piers or the perimeter?

I'm planning to pour a pad into an existing open carport / garage area that has mid-span supports resting on poured piers and a foundation wall going around the outside. I'm planning on digging down ...
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What would be a fair day rate for a 1-day excavation job involving 1 person and a 24" bucket excavator? [closed]

We're hiring a local company to come move dirt around our 1/10 of an acre property in a small town. The job will be 1-day of work, all by machine (no hand-digging). What would be a normal rate to hire ...
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Dealing with incline from back door to fence

We have plans for a new house build - see my attached crude mockup where the front of the house is on the left and the backyard is the green shaded area. The land has up to 1.8m incline from front to ...
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How to excavate hole when only 30% of perimeter is accessible to tractor?

I need to dig a circular hole, 20 ft in diameter, and approximately 4 ft deep. The shape is important, it shouldn't be approximately a circle, but a nice clean circle. The bottom can be flat or round, ...
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What are the dangers of operating a mini excavator?

I plan to rent an excavator like this: I am aware that it is quite dangerous if someone walks by and is hit by the bucket, but assuming I can clear the area of passers-by, what are some common ...
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What do I use for backfilling septic pipe leaving my home?

I have a 4" PVC septic pipe leaving my house on the cinder block wall about 4 feet below my house. There was a crack inside of the part where it leaves the house and I need to replace it (from ...
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Wood fence posts in clay

I'm installing a wooden fence around my back yard using prebuilt cedar panels and 10 ft (3+ m) 4x4 pressure treated posts buried 3 1/2 to 4ft (1+ m) deep. The posts are packed in with pea gravel to ...
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Can I dig a foundation below flood elevation outside the Floodplain?

Looking for answers from people building foundations near (not in) the 100 year floodplain. Does this trigger a floodplain build permitting process? Am I basically pigeonholed into a monolithic pour ...
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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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Paver installation - excavation limitation

I am trying to install a paver patio in my backyard but have run into some excavation issues. Everything I have read says to dig deep enough to allow for 6" of base material under the paver surface (...
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Can I break up stones and overlay soil to grow lawn?

Ideally I would like to have this an all-grass yard. I am looking out a window of the house and can't add soil on top or the grade would point towards the foundation. All these rocks are 3-6 feet from ...
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Better to excavate in the spring or winter?

This is a somewhat subjective question, so I am looking for a general principle rather than a specific, exact answer. In New England, the building season is mostly the spring and summer. So, winter ...
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How to get rid of 4-5cu yards of topsoil/sod/dirt

I'm going to be digging up the top 6-8 inches of an 18 square yard plot (41"x48') of lawn grass (easement strip between sidewalk and road). The 3-4cuyd volume will probably load as 4-5cuyd. There is ...
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Easiest way to dig trench along existing fence

My friend cannot currently allow his dogs in his backyard because they dig under his privacy fence. I wanted to fix it for him and just planned on digging a trench (8-10inches deep, 6-8inches wide) ...
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Feasible to dig out a cellar extension without disturbing the surface/upper ground?

I am wondering how feasible it might be to dig out a cellar that would extend an existing basement. The celler would go lower than the current basement and be about 3 feet below ground level, so there ...
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What is the best way to excavate the ground for a ground-level deck?

I am building a ground level deck. We have a bilevel, so our house is on a slab at the ground floor (no basement). There is about a 15° grade away from the back door to the yard. I have all the ...
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Is my nearby neighbor's foundation excavation a concern for my home?

Hope someone can answer my Question. I live in Milwaukee WI.My neighbor just informed me she will have to have her basement excavated. The side of her house is 14 feet away from the side of my house. ...
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What are the possible consequences of excavating an exterior basement wall?

I just bought my first home and right now we have a storm door entrance into our basement. This kind of baffles me why they put in a below-grade storm door because half of the exterior wall is exposed....
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Help identify (abandoned?) buried line

I have a pipe of some kind buried about 6" below grade in my backyard. Photos are provided below. I have no idea what this line might be, and was hoping to solicit ideas. Whatever it is, it appears to ...
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Rebuilding a septic drain field

When rebuilding a drain field, is it imperative to dig individual trenches for each "tine" of the drain pipe "fork", or would it be possible to just dig one big hole to lay all the piping down. If I ...
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Power equipment for removing compacted gravel?

I have a gravel driveway in my front yard that I want to remove to put a garden bed. The gravel is large (1/2" to 1" dia.) and very compacted, so it is nearly impossible to remove by hand. I want to ...
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DIY trenchless technology -- what options would be suitable?

I have seen, on occasion, folks on this site whose situation would call for the use of some flavor of trenchless technology -- this guy is the most obvious example, but others have come up. However, ...
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Minor Crawlspace Excavation: Need permits/structural engineer?

Background: First house, built in the late 60s, bought in October 2014. Original house has crawlspace with combination cinder/concrete foundation. Master bedroom is an addition to the house with a ...
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What equipment could I use for digging out a basement after the house is built?

My mother and father built the home I live in many years ago. It only had a half basement. My father had started on the other side, but passed away before finishing it. I have now taken this job on. I ...
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