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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 ...