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Economical Rock to use under A/C pad

I am getting a new A/C unit installed on Monday and when I asked them to put rock under the pad to level it out they said they would put what ever I supply. They reason I asked was my previous ...
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How to lay gravel on graded underlayment?

I am pouring concrete to make a small staircase (5 steps, 8x10" each) over ground underlayment. Since the grade is something like 40 degrees, the gravel rolls down hill and accumulates in the ...
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How can I use 8' chain link terminal posts for a 6' fence?

My sister bought some material so I could build her a chain link fence. I never built one before and don’t know what exact measurements would I need. She wants a 6ft fence so she bought the mesh as ...
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Shed base: Keeping perimeter gravel in place

I'm planning on building an 8x12 shed with a gravel base. From what I've read, the gravel base should extend beyond the perimeter of the shed at least one foot on all sides, so I'll be installing a ...
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Proper way to lay gravel around garage

I have a garage that has had quite a weed problem around the side and back of it. I decided to go for it and lay some gravel down, following this "This Old House" how to: Seems pretty ...
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Small blobs of tar on a (5 year old) flat tar and gravel roof

I have noticed several cluster of small blobs of tar on my flat tar and gravel roof which was renovated 5 years ago. I tried to remove one blob (here is a video) and it seemed to be full with no ...
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Gravel inside concrete form or form on top of gravel?

I am pouring a 5 inch concrete pad for a hot tub. I am planning on putting down 4 inches of compacted gravel under the concrete with rebar mesh in the center. My concrete pad will be 9 feet by 9 ...
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Mountain top drainage issue

We live atop a large hill and due to how the driveway is I constantly have water and mud on top of a small area of my driveway. This area is supposed to be a low area to care water down the driveway ...
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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The right base for a gravel patio

There's lots of information online and videos on YouTube on how to build a gravel patio, but they usually don't have enough specifics. They say "you may want to do this" or "pour base ...
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2a modified crushed stone vs minus gravel

What is the difference between 2a modified crushed stone and minus gravel? I understand that both are crushed stones and both have finer particles. Do they come from different species of stones? What ...
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42" Elevated Foundation Build in Coastal NC

What are the best practices for residential elevated foundation 42" construction in Coastal NC? I have read alot about: soil tests, compacted fill, 4" of gravel on top of compacted fill, ...
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Does the quality of fill dirt matter?

Does the quality of fill dirt matter? For example, in my application, I need to fill an area where I'm planning to have a gravel patio. I picked up a yard of dirt from a local supply place and, upon ...
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Using edging where people walk across

I'm building a gravel patio inside my U-shaped gravel driveway. I will be using two different kinds of gravel, so I need a separator at the border to prevent the mixing of the two types of gravel. If ...
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Can bushes help keep driveway and patio gravel stable?

My front yard has a U-shaped driveway on a significant slope. The arrows in the diagram below indicate the downward direction of the slope. From the bottom right to the top left, the elevation drops ...
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Necessity/value of using cardboard or weed barrier under gravel shed foundation?

How important is it to use a weed barrier or some kind of geotextile between gravel and ground? In cases when crushed gravel is poured and tamped 6" deep as a shed foundation, on relatively flat ...
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Put down gravel before or after winter snow?

I am putting down gravel as a drive at a lakefront cabin in Upper Michigan. The soil is sandy and I do not need a formal driveway, just a drive path. With lots of snow coming in winter, is it better ...
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Filling post holes where fence was removed - suburban backyard environment

My next door neighbor had their fence replaced recently. The new fence is further from the property line than the old fence was, so I have either 5 or 6 holes where the old posts were located. I am ...
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How to choose fabric and gravel for retaining wall

I want to build a 15ft long retaining wall which is located at the bottom of a slope, surrounded with springs, against the fence. In searching for materials I have no idea which fabric I should choose ...
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Is gravel necessary for post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil?

I am installing 6’ vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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Is there too much gravel under this deck?

I had a contractor put a layer of gravel under my raised deck. The deck is about 4 feet off the ground and the space underneath it is enclosed. The ground under the deck was dirt with some landscape ...
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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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Should I be worried about the weight of french drain gravel on my foundation?

Should I be concerned about the added weight of 3/4" river rock in a french drain 12 inches from my foundation? If there is already a crack in the foundation and a slight lean, will the weight of the ...
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Driveway Erosion Problem

I live on a hillside and due to the road being narrow large trucks and school buses use an old driveway to turn around. My problem is that every time it rains it tends to wash the gravel away and ...
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Proper Procedures for Regrading Under a Deck?

We have been getting tons of water in our basement during downpours (not regular rainfalls). The water comes in where the deck is located. I ripped up some deck boards and found the soil underneath ...
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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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Stop Gravel from Washing Away

My problem is that we have a long area of gravel used for parking for myself and several neighbors. When it rains really hard, the gravel alongside the road washes away and becomes a real danger for ...
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Method for setting 6' wood fence posts in clay soil

Background Currently in the process if planning/designing a privacy fence after recently removing the old posts from the ground. I'm now at a point that you might call analysis paralysis involving ...
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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

My wife and I recently purchased our first home. We'd like to make a flattened area in our backyard (which is somewhat sloped) for a firepit. My thinking was to dig out a shallow area and fill it with ...
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Dirt Driveway Repairs

I have a long dirt driveway that is riddled with potholes. I can’t afford to have the repair done for me or even to rent a bobcat. My thought is to have a load of driveway mix/stonecrete delivered ...
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Is chert a suitable base for a concrete driveway?

I'm looking to extend my driveway to add additional parking spaces. The area will be rougtly 20'x30'. I've contacted a few contractors to get prices on material and labor. Prior to calling ...
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Gravel and Cement Use for Chain Link Fence

I've seen different recommendations online so I'm looking for some clarification. I'm building a 4' tall chain link fence. 1) Do the terminal and line posts need 4" of base gravel in the post holes? ...
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Gravel under vinyl fence post in clay soil?

I'm putting up a 6ft vinyl privacy fence. The holes reach 42 inches (city mandates 36 inches). I was planning to put a couple inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole before filling with cement (per ...
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What is 1" minus recycled concrete mean and does it also include stone sizes smaller than 1"?

What does 1" minus recycled concrete mean? Does this also include stone sizes smaller than 1"?
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Can I use sealer over recycled asphalt to retain it?

I have a section of recycled asphalt chips to the left of my concrete driveway, which we use parking a second car. The asphalt rocks leave a mess in the yard and in the driveway. Could I use asphalt ...
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What are the best options for rock, for french drains?

I'm installing a sump pump and a bit of drain, in a clay soil basement that happens to have a spring. It is silty fine clay that has a habit of migrating with water and clogging everything. What are ...
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How to fill above ground pool ditch

the seller of the house I purchased removed the above ground pool, there is a 17 by 26 feet opening that is about 6 inches deep. 221 ft3. There is a thin layer of packed down sand which has smaller ...
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What to use to harden up a gravel driveway

I have a gravel driveway uphill. I put new 1/2" rock gravel in last fall because of washout. I also spread concrete and sprayed it, but it didn't take. I have a 05 Harley Davidson Road King custom ...
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Drop height from Exterior door to driveway

We're having our gravel driveway regraded. As of right now (it's fall) the basement floor of our side door/garage door is level with our gravel driveway. During the winter, the driveway heaves and ...
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Can I build a gravel driveway over sand?

There is a large quantity of sand where I would like to build a gravel drive. The sand is not super deep, only an inch or two at its deepest points, but I cannot find any quick way to remove it. Much ...
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Tamped Gravel on fence posts and Frost Line?

I am looking to install a fence as a DIY project. I live in the midwest where the frost line is recorded at 40 inches. I was going to dig my fence post holes 42 inches, and back-fill with tamped crush ...
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Can the gravel used under my pool be used patio stone?

We bought our first house recently and have dove head first into renovations and landscaping. One thing that is really bugging us is the state of our back yard. We sold our above-ground pool and ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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DIY way to wash sand/clay out of driveway gravel?

I hate how the sand and fine dust blows around on our dairy farm's gravel driveway in the dry summer months. It's not reasonable to talk about blacktop due to the long driveway and the fact that it ...
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Gravel under concrete stairs

Laying gravel under flat concrete slabs is easy because the levelness of dirt bed makes it easy to distribute it evenly. But when preparing to pour concrete stairs on a graded bed, what are good ways ...
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Is this gravel stabilizing underlament an effective product?

Does anyone have any experience with a gravel stabilizing product? I'll say, somehow I've never seen this before, but it looks genius; especially if you could create a reasonable driveway out of this ...
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What is a better base for skid foundation, gravel or crushed stone?

Building a skid foundation for a shed. What is the best material to put under the skids for stability/leveling. Uniform gravel (like this) or crushed stone like a 5/8 minus? Thanks,
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Best way to fill a pothole in asphalt

What is the best way to fill a pothole in asphalt? There are some huge potholes in an alley used by 5 homes that I would like to repair - meaning it gets a fair bit of traffic each day. Would gravel ...
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Critter dug gravel out from under my barn's cement slab

I live in the country and have a pole barn with a cement floor. A critter of some sort has dug a burrow in the dirt under the outside of the barn and pulled out a couple of wheel barrows full of the ...
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Can I use 3/4" gravel to grade land away from my basement wall?

There's a portion of concrete slab that slopes towards the basement wall of my house. It is winter already so I can't really pour concrete, but I do have several bags of 3/4" gravel (crushed stone) in ...